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Change how the link field is stored in the database

  • So here’s a scenario I run into far too often…

    I’m developing a site locally that uses ACF link field, it’s now time to go live. I export the database and run a query to replace any permalinks (e.g. http://example.local –> http://example.com). Perfect done! Until I look at the live site and see all link field values aren’t being returned. Ahhh!

    Problem: link field values are being stored as serialised arrays which fail to unserialise if any of the array value lengths change.

    Proposed solution: Store as html and parse to return values.

    Code: I have quickly modified the class-acf-field-link.php to do what I mean.

    <?php
    
    if( ! class_exists('acf_field_link') ) :
    
    class acf_field_link extends acf_field {
    
    	/*
    	*  __construct
    	*
    	*  This function will setup the field type data
    	*
    	*  @type	function
    	*  @date	5/03/2014
    	*  @since	5.0.0
    	*
    	*  @param	n/a
    	*  @return	n/a
    	*/
    
    	function initialize() {
    
    		// vars
    		$this->name = 'link';
    		$this->label = __("Link",'acf');
    		$this->category = 'relational';
    		$this->defaults = array(
    			'return_format'	=> 'array',
    		);
    
    	}
    
    	/*
    	*  get_link
    	*
    	*  description
    	*
    	*  @type	function
    	*  @date	16/5/17
    	*  @since	5.5.13
    	*
    	*  @param	$post_id (int)
    	*  @return	$post_id (int)
    	*/
    
    	function get_link( $value = '' ) {
    
    		// vars
    		$link = array(
    			'title'		=> '',
    			'url'		=> '',
    			'target'	=> ''
    		);
    
    		// html element (ACF N/A)
    		if ( is_string($value) && strncmp($value, '<a', 2) === 0 ) {
    			preg_match('/<a.*>(.*)<\/a>/Uims', $value, $match);
    
    			$link['title']	= isset($match[1]) ? $match[1] : '';
    			$link['url']	= $this->get_html_attribute( 'href', $value );
    			$link['target']	= $this->get_html_attribute( 'target', $value );
    
    		// array (ACF 5.6.0)
    		} elseif( is_array($value) ) {
    
    			$link = array_merge($link, $value);
    
    		// post id (ACF < 5.6.0)
    		} elseif( is_numeric($value) ) {
    
    			$link['title'] = get_the_title( $value );
    			$link['url'] = get_permalink( $value );
    
    		// string (ACF < 5.6.0)
    		} elseif( is_string($value) ) {
    
    			$link['url'] = $value;
    
    		}
    
    		// return
    		return $link;
    
    	}
    
    	/*
    	*  render_field()
    	*
    	*  Create the HTML interface for your field
    	*
    	*  @param	$field - an array holding all the field's data
    	*
    	*  @type	action
    	*  @since	3.6
    	*  @date	23/01/13
    	*/
    
    	function render_field( $field ){
    
    		// vars
    		$div = array(
    			'id'	=> $field['id'],
    			'class'	=> $field['class'] . ' acf-link',
    		);
    
    		// render scripts/styles
    		acf_enqueue_uploader();
    
    		// get link
    		$link = $this->get_link( $field['value'] );
    
    		// classes
    		if( $link['url'] ) {
    			$div['class'] .= ' -value';
    		}
    
    		if( $link['target'] === '_blank' ) {
    			$div['class'] .= ' -external';
    		}
    
    		/*<textarea id="<?php echo esc_attr($field['id']); ?>-textarea"><?php
    			echo esc_textarea('<a href="'.$link['url'].'" target="'.$link['target'].'">'.$link['title'].'</a>');
    		?></textarea>*/
    ?>
    <div <?php acf_esc_attr_e($div); ?>>
    
    	<div class="acf-hidden">
    		<a class="link-node" href="<?php echo esc_url($link['url']); ?>" target="<?php echo esc_attr($link['target']); ?>"><?php echo esc_html($link['title']); ?></a>
    		<?php foreach( $link as $k => $v ): ?>
    			<?php acf_hidden_input(array( 'class' => "input-$k", 'name' => $field['name'] . "[$k]", 'value' => $v )); ?>
    		<?php endforeach; ?>
    	</div>
    
    	<a href="#" class="button" data-name="add" target=""><?php _e('Select Link', 'acf'); ?></a>
    
    	<div class="link-wrap">
    		<span class="link-title"><?php echo esc_html($link['title']); ?></span>
    		<a class="link-url" href="<?php echo esc_url($link['url']); ?>" target="_blank"><?php echo esc_html($link['url']); ?></a>
    		<i class="acf-icon -link-ext acf-js-tooltip" title="<?php _e('Opens in a new window/tab', 'acf'); ?>"></i><?php
    		?><a class="acf-icon -pencil -clear acf-js-tooltip" data-name="edit" href="#" title="<?php _e('Edit', 'acf'); ?>"></a><?php
    		?><a class="acf-icon -cancel -clear acf-js-tooltip" data-name="remove" href="#" title="<?php _e('Remove', 'acf'); ?>"></a>
    	</div>
    
    </div>
    <?php
    
    	}
    
    	/*
    	*  render_field_settings()
    	*
    	*  Create extra options for your field. This is rendered when editing a field.
    	*  The value of $field['name'] can be used (like bellow) to save extra data to the $field
    	*
    	*  @type	action
    	*  @since	3.6
    	*  @date	23/01/13
    	*
    	*  @param	$field	- an array holding all the field's data
    	*/
    
    	function render_field_settings( $field ) {
    
    		// return_format
    		acf_render_field_setting( $field, array(
    			'label'			=> __('Return Value','acf'),
    			'instructions'	=> __('Specify the returned value on front end','acf'),
    			'type'			=> 'radio',
    			'name'			=> 'return_format',
    			'layout'		=> 'horizontal',
    			'choices'		=> array(
    				'array'			=> __("Link Array",'acf'),
    				'url'			=> __("Link URL",'acf'),
    				'element'		=> __("HTML Element",'acf'),
    			)
    		));
    
    	}
    
    	/*
    	*  format_value()
    	*
    	*  This filter is appied to the $value after it is loaded from the db and before it is returned to the template
    	*
    	*  @type	filter
    	*  @since	3.6
    	*  @date	23/01/13
    	*
    	*  @param	$value (mixed) the value which was loaded from the database
    	*  @param	$post_id (mixed) the $post_id from which the value was loaded
    	*  @param	$field (array) the field array holding all the field options
    	*
    	*  @return	$value (mixed) the modified value
    	*/
    
    	function format_value( $value, $post_id, $field ) {
    
    		// bail early if no value
    		if( empty($value) ) return $value;
    
    		// get link
    		$link = $this->get_link( $value );
    
    		// format value
    		if( $field['return_format'] == 'url' ) {
    
    			return $link['url'];
    
    		}
    
    		// HTML format value
    		if( $field['return_format'] == 'element' ) {
    
    			return $this->generate_element( $link );
    
    		}
    
    		// return link
    		return $link;
    
    	}
    
    	/*
    	*  generate_element()
    	*
    	*  Generate HTML element from link values
    	*
    	*  @type	filter
    	*  @since	N/A
    	*  @date	N/A
    	*
    	*  @param  $link (array)
    	*
    	*  @return $link (string)
    	*/
    	function generate_element( $link ) {
    		if ( empty($link) || empty($link['url']) ) return null;
    
    		return '<a href="'.$link['url'].'"'.( !empty($link['target']) ? ' target="'.$link['target'].'"' : '' ).'>'.( isset($link['title']) ? $link['title'] : '' ).'</a>';
    	}
    
    	/*
    	*  get_html_attribute()
    	*
    	*  Run regex query on html string to return attribute value
    	*
    	*  @type	filter
    	*  @since	N/A
    	*  @date	N/A
    	*
    	*  @param  $attr (string)
    	*  @param  $html (string)
    	*
    	*  @return $value (string)
    	*/
    	function get_html_attribute( $attr, $html ) {
    		$regex = '/'.$attr.'\s*=\s*[\'"]([^\'"]+)[\'"]/i';
    
    		preg_match($regex, $html, $result);
    
    		return isset($result[1]) ? $result[1] : '';
    	}
    
    	/*
    	*  validate_value()
    	*
    	*  description
    	*
    	*  @type	function
    	*  @date	11/02/2014
    	*  @since	5.0.0
    	*
    	*  @param	$post_id (int)
    	*  @return	$post_id (int)
    	*/
    
    	function validate_value( $valid, $value, $field, $input ){
    
    		// bail early if not required
    		if( !$field['required'] ) return $valid;
    
    		// URL is required
    		if( empty($value) || empty($value['url']) ) {
    
    			return false;
    
    		}
    
    		// return
    		return $valid;
    
    	}
    
    	/*
    	*  update_value()
    	*
    	*  This filter is appied to the $value before it is updated in the db
    	*
    	*  @type	filter
    	*  @since	3.6
    	*  @date	23/01/13
    	*
    	*  @param	$value - the value which will be saved in the database
    	*  @param	$post_id - the $post_id of which the value will be saved
    	*  @param	$field - the field array holding all the field options
    	*
    	*  @return	$value - the modified value
    	*/
    
    	function update_value( $value, $post_id, $field ) {
    
    		// URL is required
    		if( empty($value) || empty($value['url']) ) {
    
    			return false;
    
    		}
    
    		// Store as an html element for easier database querying
    		return $this->generate_element( $value );
    
    	}
    
    }
    
    // initialize
    acf_register_field_type( 'acf_field_link' );
    
    endif; // class_exists check
    
    ?>
    
  • +1 for this, having the same issue!!! using ACF pro latest version…

  • Use this to do your search an replace https://interconnectit.com/products/search-and-replace-for-wordpress-databases/

    Serialized data is not something that is confined to ACF, many plugins do this.

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