Using WordPress Custom Fields

If you’ve been using WordPress then you have also been using WordPress custom fields. WordPress comes with default fields such as Headings, tags, Categories, Author and Date, which are used to organise and add meaning to the content, as well as help the user navigate through the content with ease.

WordPress Custom Fields are fields that can be use to add further meaning and interaction to posts and pages. For example, a website that reviews novels may need a custom field type to display a rating from 1 to 5 stars. WordPress Custom fields generally stick below the text field area, with a title that describes the field as well as some empty field for content to be added. This can range from text and links to images and videos.

Not all websites will have or need custom fields so please refer to your site specific documentation for more information.

  1. By default, custom fields option is hidden on the post edit screen. To view it, you need to click on the ‘Screen Options’ button at the top and then check the custom fields option.
  2. Edit the post or page where you want to add the custom field and go to the custom fields meta box.
  3. Provide a name for your custom field and then enter its value.
  4. Click on the Add Custom Field button to save it.
  5. You can edit this custom field any time you want and then click on the delete button to delete.
  6. Click update button to save your changes.
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