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Building a Custom Page Builder with Advanced Custom Fields Flexible Content Field

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Building a Custom Page Builder with Advanced Custom Fields Flexible Content Field

Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) is a powerful WordPress plugin that enables developers to create custom meta boxes and fields for their website. One of its standout features is the Flexible Content Field, which allows you to create versatile and dynamic layouts with ease. In this article, we will discuss how to build a custom page builder using ACF’s Flexible Content Field, leveraging the existing knowledge from the E2M Solutions article.

Why Use ACF and the Flexible Content Field?

ACF simplifies the process of adding custom fields to your WordPress website, allowing you to create fields for various content types like text, images, and video. The Flexible Content Field is a powerful layout builder that enables you to create a variety of content sections on your website without needing to code complex templates. This feature is especially beneficial for developers looking to create custom layouts with ease and simplicity.

Getting Started: Installing ACF

Before diving into building a custom page builder, you need to have Advanced Custom Fields installed and activated on your WordPress website. You can download the free version of ACF from the WordPress plugin repository or purchase the Pro version for additional features.

Creating a Custom Page Builder with ACF

  1. Register a new custom field group

To start building your custom page builder, create a new custom field group in ACF by navigating to Custom Fields > Add New in your WordPress dashboard. Give the field group a name, such as “Page Builder.”

  1. Add a Flexible Content Field

Within the custom field group, click on “Add Field” and select “Flexible Content” from the field type dropdown. Name the field “Page Builder Sections” or something similar.

  1. Create layout sections

Now, you can begin adding layout sections to your Flexible Content Field. Click on the “Add Layout” button and give your layout a name, like “Text Section.” Then, add the necessary fields for your layout. For a text section, you may want to add a WYSIWYG editor, a text field for the section title, and an image field for an optional background image.

Repeat this process for each layout you want to include in your custom page builder, such as image galleries, video sections, or call-to-action blocks.

  1. Assign the custom field group to your desired post type

Under the “Location” settings in your custom field group, choose the post type where you want your page builder to be available. For example, you might want it to appear on Pages, Posts, or a custom post type.

  1. Implement the custom page builder in your theme

In your theme’s template files, add the necessary code to display the content created with your custom page builder. To do this, use the “have_rows” and “the_row” functions provided by ACF to loop through the layout sections and output their content.

Here’s an example of how you might implement the custom page builder in a template file:

<?php if( have_rows('page_builder_sections') ): ?>
  <?php while ( have_rows('page_builder_sections') ) : the_row(); ?>

    <?php if( get_row_layout() == 'text_section' ): ?>
      <div class="text-section">
        <?php if( get_sub_field('section_title') ): ?>
          <h2><?php the_sub_field('section_title'); ?></h2>
        <?php endif; ?>
        <?php the_sub_field('content'); ?>
    <?php endif; ?>

    <!-- Add other layout sections here -->

  <?php endwhile; ?>
<?php endif; ?>

By leveraging Advanced Custom Fields and the Flexible Content Field, you can create a custom page builder that is both easy to use and highly