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Content Type /
Custom Fields Plugins
Advanced Custom Fields / ACF ProCarbon FieldsCMB2Custom Field SuiteCustom Post Type UIFieldmanagerGD Content ToolsMeta BoxPapiPiklistPodsTypesTypeRocketUltimate Fields / Ultimate Fields ProWordPress Creation Kit (WCK)CustomPressEasy Custom Content TypesDeveloper's Custom FieldsFields FrameworkKickPressWPAlchemyMasterPress
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What is this?This is a comparison matrix put together by Scott Kingsley Clark and Matt Gibbs, along with plugin authors of the projects listed here and users of those projects -- to help developers and users be able to determine the differences (at a high level) between all of the different Content Type / Custom Fields plugins active out there for WordPress. If you have any corrections or requests for additional plugins / options to be compared, just send it along to our twitter accounts @scottkclark or @mgibbs189 or comment on this spreadsheet.

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Basic InfoWARNING:
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Developer Confirmation that the information in this spreadsheet is correctYesYesYesYesAwaiting ReviewYesYesYesYesYesYesAwaiting ReviewAwaiting ReviewYesYesYesYesYesYesAwaiting ReviewAwaiting ReviewYes
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Plugin TypeCustom FieldsCustom FieldsCustom FieldsCustom FieldsContent TypesCustom FieldsContent Types and Custom FieldsContent Types and Custom FieldsCustom "Page Types" and Custom FieldsContent Types and Custom FieldsContent Types and Custom FieldsContent Types and Custom FieldsContent Types and Custom FieldsCustom FieldsContent Types and Custom FieldsContent Types and Custom FieldsContent Types and Custom FieldsCustom FieldsCustom FieldsContent Types and Custom FieldsCustom FieldsContent Types and Custom Fields
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CostFree (WP.org)
$25-$100 (Pro)
FreeFreeFreeFreeFreeFree (Lite)
$49 - $169 (Pro, Yearly)
$119 - $169 (Pro, Lifetime)
FreeFreeFreeFreeFree (deprecated)
$69 - $149 (Yearly)
FreeFree (WP.org)
€40 - €120 (Pro)
Free$19 (standalone)
$79 monthly (all WPMU DEV plugins
$30FreeFreeFreeFree$99 - $399 (Yearly)
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Recommended Skill LevelBeginnerIntermediate PHP knowledgeSome PHP knowledgeSome PHP knowledgeSome PHP knowledgeIntermediate PHP knowledge?Some PHP knowledgeIntermediate PHP knowledgeSome PHP knowledgeSome PHP knowledgeBeginnerIntermediate PHP knowledgeBeginnerSome PHP knowledgeBeginner?Intermediate PHP knowledgeBeginner?Some PHP knowledge?
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Tide PHP Compatibility5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2Minimum: 5.35.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 7.0, 7.1, 7.25.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 7.0, 7.1, 7.25.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2--5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2-5.5, 5.65.4, 5.5, 5.6, 7.0, 7.1, 7.27.0, 7.1, 7.2Minimum: 5.5.9Unable to detect5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2--5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 7.0, 7.1, 7.25.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 7.0, 7.1, 7.25.5, 5.6--
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Tide WP Coding Standards22264 errors,
2012 warnings,
in 43 files
-1072 errors,
504 warnings,
in 57 files
5622 errors,
683 warnings,
in 33 files
778 errors,
367 warnings,
in 10 files
--72 errors,
97 warnings,
in 86 files
-96437 errors,
25646 warnings,
in 264 files
8732 errors,
1549 warnings,
in 159 files
5000 errors,
1633 warnings,
in 143 files
-Unknown11393 errors,
1333 warnings,
in 32 files
--1733 errors,
548 warnings,
in 7 files
5117 errors,
471 warnings,
in 7 files
11577 errors,
2989 warnings,
in 93 files
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Support Threads
(resolved / total threads)
0/21-3/80/48/21--5/11-1/123/246/14-0/12/3--0/00/00/0--
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Required WP Version (min)3.6.04.33.8.04.74.64.33.04.34.04.04.53.74.54.93.13.53.23.53.53.23.03.3
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Tested WP Version (up to)4.9.9-4.9.84.9.84.9.8--4.9.8-4.9.84.9.84.9.8-4.9.84.9.8--4.3.174.1.244.4.16--
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Last Updated2018-02-12-2018-05-292018-04-052018-04-16--2018-08-24-2018-06-152018-08-102018-08-162018-03-272018-05-152018-08-29--2015-08-252015-01-112016-02-20--
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First Release Date2011-03-252016-02-012014-09-162011-10-012010-02-262012-10-252010-04-052011-11-072014-12-012012-06-152008-10-082011-08-052014-06-202014-03-262013-05-012010-11-092011-04-212011-07-182013-07-242011-08-202010-06-022013-01-31
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Project Info
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Current Lead DeveloperElliot CondonhtmlBurgerJustin SternbergMatt GibbsMichael Beckwith (WebDevStudios)Alley InteractiveMilan PetrovicTran Ngoc Tuan AnhFredrik ForsmoKevin MillerScott Kingsley ClarkOnTheGoSystemsKevin Dees
(Robojuice)
Radoslav GeorgievMadalin UngureanuWPMU DEVThemeIsleSteve TaylorNaif AmoodiDavid TuftsDimas BegunoffTravis Hensgen
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Contributor Team Size15+1-311213236+6112113121
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Team contributes back to WordPress (core patches, core unit testing, Meetup/WordCamp organizing)NoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNo
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Additional GitHub Collaboration (public GitHub repo for people to help dev the project)Yes, but free version and pro version are separate codebases with different features, so still restrictiveYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesNoYesYes for Ultimate Fields, a private repo for Ultimate Fields ProYesNoNoYesNoNoYesNo
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Implements Unit Testing for Improved StabilityNoYesYesNoNoYes??YesYesYesYesYesNo?No??No???
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Has UI to manage fields / types?YesNoYes, when using CMB2 Admin Extension pluginYesYesNoYesYes, via extensionsNoYes, via extensions (beta)YesYesNoYesYesYesYesNoYesYesNoYes
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Project ActiveYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNo
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Content Types
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Custom Post TypesNoNoNoNoYesNoYesYes, via extensionNo, but you get to define new Custom "Page Types" which get their own fieldsYesYesYesYesYes, via Ultimate Post TypesYesYesYesNoNoYesNoYes
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Custom TaxonomiesNoNoNoNoYesNoYesYes, via extensionNo, but you get to define new Custom "Taxonomy Types" which get their own fieldsYesYesYesYesYes, via Ultimate Post TypesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoYes
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Override Post Types (args/labels)NoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoYes (labels)NoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
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Override Taxonomies (args/labels)NoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoYes (labels)NoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
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Custom Tables (tables as content types)Yes, via third party paid extensionNoYes, via extensionNoNoNoNoYes, via extensionNoNoYesNoYes, with additional codeNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
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Extend WP content types with a table for custom fields
NoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes, via extensionNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
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Custom Options / Settings PagesProYesYesNoNoNoNoYes, via extensionYesYesYesNoYesYesHobbyist version ($49)NoNoNoYesNoNoYes
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Theme Customizer Options????????????No?????????
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Custom Fields
(added to content types)
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Custom Fields for Post TypesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes?YesYes
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Custom Fields for TaxonomiesYesYesYesNoNoYesNoYes, via extensionYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoYes (saved to wp_options)NoNoYes
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Custom Fields for MediaYesNoYesNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYesNoProNoNoNoYesYesNoNoYes
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Custom Fields for UsersYesYesYesNoNoYesNoYes, via extensionNoYesYesYesYesProNoNoNoYesYesNoNoYes
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Custom Fields for CommentsNoYesYesNoNoNoNoYes, via extensionNoNoYesNoYesProNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
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Custom Meta BoxesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYes, via codeYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYes?YesYes
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Basic Field Types
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TextYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes?YesYes
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Number / CurrencyYesYesYesYesNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYes, by using HTML5 custom types in Text fieldYesThrough text field with your own number validationThrough text field with your own number validationAdd-on ($6)NoNo??Yes
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Date / TimeYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes??Yes
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WYSIWYGYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYes?YesYes
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File UploadYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYes??Yes
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RelationshipsYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes, but through Model Relationships or a Search FieldYesNoNoNoYesYes??Yes
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Advanced Field Types
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MapYes, via extensionYesYes, via extensionYes, via extensionNoNoYesYesNoNoIn development (free)YesNoProNoAdd-on (through the WPMUDEV Google Maps plugin)Add-on ($6)YesNo??No
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Repeatable Fields (Loop)ProYesYesYesNoYesYesYes, via extensionYesYes
In development (free)YesYesYesYesNoYesNoYes?YesYes
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Flexible Repeatable Fields (like Loop, but can choose to add different defined sets of fields per row)ProYesNoNoNoNoNoYes, via extensionYesEasy to buildIn development (free)NoYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
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Flexible Relationships (Embedded forms for related Content Types items)NoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes, via extensionNoYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo??Yes
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GalleryProYesYesYes - using loop fieldNoNoNoYesYesYes - using file fieldYes - using file fieldYesYesProNoNoNoNoYes??No
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AutocompleteYesNoYes, via extensionYesNoYesNoYesNoNoYesNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNo??No
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Color PickerYesYesYesYesNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesProNoNoAdd-on ($6)NoYes??Yes
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Slider (Number)User-built, you can get the code in the forumsYesYes, via extensionNoNoNoYesYesNoEasy to buildYesYesNoYesNoNoYesNoNo??No
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Custom Field TypesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYes?NoYes??Yes
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Features
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Meta-based StorageYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes