Has you may know already, I’m a big fan of the Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) plugin. I’ve used it to build carousels, call to action boxes, additional content such as sub-titles, extra featured images, etc.. When building custom themes for clients it’s important to ensure that updates and adding new content will be as easy as possible. Thus the reason I favour ACF to create meta boxes rather than shortcodes.
In my opinion shortcodes aren’t intuitive, and although as developers were used to seeing brackets and tags, clients may not “see” that a shortcode isn’t closed properly. Meta boxes on the other hand don’t require clients to add tags, brackets or code of any kind.
Not only is the ACF plugin well maintained it also has great documentation and this just got better. Today I discovered another great resource all about using ACF on your website. This free PDF resource written by Steve Grunwell takes a look at the plugin, walks you through some practical examples of building carousels, alternate page headlines, and more, and then discusses the future of the plugin with the upcoming ACF 5 release.
I would encourage you to check it out. Even if you’ve been using ACF for a while, Steve has some great code snippets to share.