If you want to create custom and dynamic WordPress sites, it is important to understand how WordPress custom fields work. In a nutshell, custom fields allow you to store additional information about your blog posts, pages, custom post types, or even taxonomies (like categories and tags). With Elementor Pro, you can even extract information from your custom fields and dynamically include them in your Elementor designs and theme builder templates (meaning you can use custom fields to modify WordPress themes and child themes). Simply put, custom fields are one of the main keys to unlocking the power of WordPress as a complete content management system. Because they are so important and useful for creating custom websites with Elementor, we are going to dedicate an entire article to WordPress custom fields and how to use them. Here’s what we’ll cover:
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Learn more about what custom fields are and how they help you. How to Add Custom Fields in WordPress How to display data from custom fields on the front-end of your site The difference between custom fields and post types/taxonomies (and when to use each) The Best Custom Fields Plugins for WordPress Let’s dig. What are WordPress Custom Fields? As you learned in the introduction, custom fields help you collect additional information about a piece of content in WordPress. In Brazil Phone Number technical terms, custom fields help you collect and manage metadata or “data that provides information about other data.” When you add a new blog post in WordPress, you need to enter the blog post title and content in the editor. But what if you want to collect additional structured information? For example, let’s say you have a review blog and you want to assign a numerical rating to each review blog post you post. You can add a new “Rating” custom field to your blog posts where you enter the number, along with other useful information. These fields would get their own separate box and be stored separately in the
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WordPress database (in postmeta). In fact, that’s essentially what most review plugins do. Your next question might be – “why can’t you just add the note in the WordPress editor with the review text”. Well, you certainly could. However, separating this data into its own custom fields gives you much more flexibility. For example, you could: Automatically format the note on the front-end of your site to create a stylish review area. Make sure all of your review articles use the exact same formatting. Use the review score to query and sort content. For example, you can create a page that lists all the reviews you’ve given a perfect rating for, or you can let visitors sort reviews by rating. These benefits are even more pronounced for more complex sites. For example, imagine that you have created a real estate site with thousands of houses. You wouldn’t want to manually design every house, would you? Imagine having to manually format the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. for each ad. It would take forever! Instead, you can just fill in the basic details for bedrooms