Update again! Today, we release a new version of Meta Box (Meta Box 4.17.0) with big improvements. We refactored the code of the plugin, changed the shortcode attributes and fixed some important bugs.
The previous post has shown us how to create and work with a simple group. Nonetheless, much of your time will be squandered on creating every single group / field manually if a number of repeated groups / custom fields are repeated on a continuous basis. Therefore, a tool that can help you automatically clone them will be of great necessity.
One of the powerful features that help developers add more functions to a WordPress website is Custom Fields. Though most of us don’t use custom fields in an independent way, this is still a significant platform for digging deeper into WordPress.
For developers and WordPress newbies to easier work with custom fields, Meta Box has developed an extension called Meta Box Builder.
The importance of meta box and custom fields in WordPress has been emphasized in the previous posts. Due to their significance, they are used a lot and frequently in the development process of a plugin or theme to satisfy the need of users.
Instead of copying the code of custom fields and embedding it into a website, the export and import features we’re going to talk about in this post will help you to do that without touching the code. This method has the same advantages: synchronizing custom fields between sites, easy back up, and saving the setup time. But, there is a difference. If you don’t know where to embed, edit, or save code as instructed in the previous post, this method can help you to do them all.
In the previous post, we stopped in the step “WordPress calls the
update_metadata function to store data from custom fields in the database”. In this post, we’ll follow up that flow to figure out how WordPress organizes the database.
Bunching custom fields aim to rearrange the related custom fields into one group. For instance, one group of contact information contains related custom fields such as name, phone number, address and email. Grouping may make the custom fields look better and more logical when they display. In addition, it brings some other benefits of organizing data afterward.
Until now, we’ve known how to use the functions provided by WordPress to work with custom fields. You’ve prepared everything needed to develop practical applications. But wait, before embarking on doing something new, you had better dig a bit deeper to have thorough understand custom fields’ nature. It’s time to find out an answer to the question: “What really happens with custom fields when I click Save post?”. The two coming posts will give you the answers.
If you regularly work with many different projects in website development, especially the projects have the similar custom fields, this post will be useful for you. This guide will bring you an easy way to copy meta boxes and custom fields from one site to others with our Meta Box Builder.