Trying to choose between Toolset vs ACF (Advanced Custom Fields) for your WordPress site? Or confused by how these tools actually help you get more from WordPress?
In this comparison, we’ll explain how both Toolset and ACF help you build better WordPress sites. Then, we’ll dig into each plugin to help you choose the right tool for your needs because, while there is some overlap, each plugin has a slightly different focus.
Let’s get started!
Quick Intro to Custom Post Types and Custom Fields
If you’re not familiar with the importance of custom post types and custom fields in WordPress, we need to start with a quick explainer to get you up to speed before we dig into Toolset and ACF.
In a nutshell, custom post types and custom fields help you work with custom content on WordPress sites.
By default, WordPress comes with two types of content – posts (blog posts) and pages (static pages).
Custom post types let you extend that to add your own types of content. For example, if you have an eCommerce store, you could add a product post type to house the products that you want to sell. Or, if you have a job listing site, you could add a job listing post type to house each job.
Then, custom fields let you add fields to any post type to collect additional information. For example, if you have a product post type, you could add custom fields to collect each product’s price, dimensions, stock status, SKU, etc.
If you have a job listing post type, you could add custom fields to collect a salary range, required years of experience, etc.
Custom Post Types and Custom Fields Unlock WordPress
In a nutshell, custom post types and custom fields are important because they unlock the full power of WordPress as a content management system.
Once you master these concepts, you’ll be able to use WordPress to build eCommerce stores, directory sites, classified listings, online courses, membership sites, and more.
Toolset and ACF are both tools that help make it easier for you to work with custom content on WordPress, which is why we’re comparing them for you.
Toolset vs ACF: Which Is Right for You?
Now, let’s get into some of the nuts-and-bolts comparisons between Toolset and ACF.
In terms of features, Toolset and ACF both help you work with custom content, but they have different emphases.
Toolset is designed to be a complete solution for custom content. It helps you create both custom post types and custom fields. But then it also helps you use that custom content on the front-end of your site without needing any code. For example, you can easily create custom layouts and queries on the front-end that include your custom field information. (WP Mayor readers can get an exclusive 20% discount when they purchase Toolset)
ACF, on the other hand, focuses specifically
This article was written by Colin Newcomer and originally published on WP Mayor.