Advanced Custom Fields. 1 year on.

Firstly, I would like to say “Happy Birthday Advanced Custom Fields” and “thank you” to everyone who has helped make ACF successful.

Advanced Custom Fields is about to hit 250,000 downloads from, so I thought it was time to take a step back and look at what we have achieved.


  • 7 Fields
  • Limited options
  • No support
  • No third party fields
  • Limited location rules
  • Fields only on posts
  • No translations


  • 15 Free Fields
  • Heaps of field options
  • Support forum with questions answered daily
  • 2 premium fields
  • 9+ User submitted fields
  • Very flexible location rules
  • Fields on posts / images / users / taxonomies / options page
  • Translated in 5+ Languages

What started out as a little plugin with minimal functionality and a whole lot of bugs, is now a feature packed integral part of many WordPress builds across the world.

Why Do you use ACF?

I’d love to get some feedback (in the comments) as to why you use the Advanced Custom Fields plugin. I hope that you use ACF for the same reasons I do.

Powerful. Beautiful. Simple

I think the UI played a bit part in the success of this plugin. Sure it has a nice API and runs out of the box with minimal conflicts, but at the end of the day, it’s nice to look at a nice interface.

The Thank-you’s

  • Everyone who has enjoyed using ACF
  • Everyone who has submitted a bug report
  • Everyone who has submitted a fix
  • Everyone who has submitted a field type
  • Everyone who has helped translate the plugin
  • Everyone who has offered help on the support forum
  • Everyone who has purchased an Add-on
  • Everyone who tweeted me some kind words
  • Everyone who gave me an idea for ACF
  • Everyone else who has helped

The Future

If you haven’t seen the to-do list, this would be a good time to check it out. The list is continuously growing and so many fantastic features & patches have been rolled out into versions.

As more WordPress plugins, features and themes are popping up, ACF will continue to grow. But rest assured, ACF will always focus on providing a great experience for both developers and clients with no exceptions.

It’s going to be a great year. Thanks for your support, ACF wouldn’t be the same without it.


Thank you for reading

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2plik8 Studios (@2plik8_Studios)

7 Jul 2012

sweet plugin, pretty much standard on all sites for me now. via @elliotcondon

Kerri McHale (@StudioAluminum)

7 Jul 2012

As far as I’m concerned, Advanced Custom Fields is the best thing that ever happened to WordPress. via @elliotcondon


7 Jul 2012

best thing that happened to WordPress via @elliotcondon


7 Jul 2012

If you don’t use this you should. Single best WP plugin. Elliot is a clever clever man. via @elliotcondon #acf


8 Aug 2012

#ACF kicking field goals from way past the center of the paddock, looking forward to using this in future @elliotcondon


10 Oct 2012

Essential WordPress plugin for custom field satisfaction via @elliotcondon


12 Dec 2012

One of the best plugins.. I cannot thank you enough…. via @elliotcondon

Thanks again

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