Superior Customized Fields (ACF) has introduced the supply of version 6.0, an replace that applies to each the free and professional variations of the plugin. This launch introduces a refreshed admin UI that ACF product supervisor Iain Poulson stated customers had been requesting since 2021.
“We didn’t need this to be an enormous change that will disrupt a consumer’s workflow, however as an alternative a lightweight reskin that focuses on bringing consumer expertise enhancements to the Subject Group editor,” Poulson stated.
“The group have completed a fantastic job with the brand new design, enhancing all of the ACF plugin admin screens from the Subject Group editor to the Instruments web page.”
The reskinning delivers the next enhancements:
- Reduces the vertical top of the sphere settings
- Improved expertise including new fields to a Subject Group
- Added a sticky “Save Adjustments” button to the header bar that’s all the time seen with out customers having to scroll as much as the highest of the web page
- Added extra width to “Fields” field to scale back cramping from nested subfields
- Keyboard navigation for fields
- Improved focus states throughout the Subject Group editor, toggle switches, radio buttons, and checkbox teams
- New opt-in setting for Repeater pagination
Model 6.0 additionally contains ACF Blocks Version 2, a function included in ACF PRO. It permits builders to make use of a PHP-based framework for growing customized block varieties.
“ACF 6.0 incorporates a brand new block versioning system, permitting you to decide in to new variations which is able to change issues just like the markup and construction of ACF Blocks in each the backend and frontend, and should require updates to your theme to assist,” Poulson stated.
“This subsequent era of ACF Blocks brings us a lot nearer to the native block expertise, whereas nonetheless providing you with the PHP primarily based templating language you already know as a WordPress developer.”
ACF customers have been inspired to see that the plugin remains to be shifting ahead after having modified fingers twice prior to now two years. Scrumptious Brains acquired ACF from its creator Elliot Condon in June 2021. By November of that 12 months, Scrumptious Brains was soliciting the plugin’s Lifetime License holders for contributions by way of e mail, urging them to buy annual subscriptions. Seven months later, Scrumptious Brains offered off ACF and 4 different merchandise to WP Engine, rattling prospects who have been involved in regards to the plugin’s lack of innovation and its stability within the fingers of a big internet hosting firm.
Poulson, who continued on with WP Engine to assist Scrumptious Brains’ merchandise after they have been acquired, stated the following factor on the roadmap is including the power to register customized publish varieties and taxonomies within the UI and enhancements to how subject varieties are chosen.