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ACF Plugin not showing in WordPress Menu

  • My website was created by other professionals and now when I wanted to edit some content posted through ACF, I logged in as administrator and cannot find ACF plugin either in the plugins directory or the left sidebar menu. I installed ACF but it is still not showing on my side bar. I believe its hidden through code in functions.php.

    Can anybody please help me to make it seen as I am stuck at this point.

  • Thanks so much for replying, actually i went through functions.php file in the the theme folder and did not find
    add_filter(‘acf/settings/show_admin’, ‘__return_false’);

    What i believe is acf pro ( as I can see ACF pro in plugins folder ) was purchased and license was not renewed. I can see the text passed through ACF is there but I cannot see the plugin itself in the admin dashboard. DO you think that can be the reason?

  • I don’t think so. The main difference between ACF and ACF Pro is the number of fields available, not the functionnality in itself. Even, not showing the ACF Pro menu without licence key would be a nonsens as this would be then impossible to fill the key to activate ACF Pro 😉

    I’m not an expert but I would say that there is another code section that hide your ACF menu or maybe a compatibility issue with another plugin.

    This could help you:

    As explain, you can start to try access the page directly ( to see if ACF is running. With the website I’m working on, the address is now ( so try both to be sure.

    If this is working, that’s means ACF is on and you have to understand in code why it’s hidden in the menu. If it’s not working, I would start to disabled all plugin except ACF and see if this is back.

  • Thankyou for your response Lautobus.. 
    Actually I got a little bit of success which I think might help you in solving my problem. I tried see if ACF is working or not and found all the custom fields are there
    but when I see under the home page where these fields should be present and I can also see for same page php file has the_field(‘short code of that field’) and the text is there in the website but these fields are not visible in the edit page in wpdmin area at the bottom of the homepage. Do you think you know whats going on?

  • Repeater, Flexible content, Gallery and Clone Fields are the ones that are only available with ACF Pro. Is it one of that kind that you are trying to modify ?

  • Hi Lautobus,

    I think I found the error , there was some problem with the location rules. I really appreciate your help. Finally, I got this done with your support.

    Thanks again!

  • You are welcome 😉

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