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Organizing Field Groups

  • In the WP Admin, under Custom Fields > Field Groups – it would be amazing if I could categorize them into a hierarchical format, for my own organizational purposes.

    Currently I am using the titles to help categorize them by reference, For (a very rudimentary, compared to my actual use-case) example:

    • Page Template: Home
    • Page Template: Contact
    • Options: Header
    • Options: Footer
    • Post Type: Publication

    This system is O.K. but my page of field groups gets really long, plus I don’t love having to choose between the site’s admins Seeing stuff like “Page Template: Home” at the top of the fields vs using the not-very-nice-looking “Seamless” layout.

    What I’d love is to be able to create, at my discretion, groups – such as:

    • Page Templates
    • Options
    • Custom Post Types

    So much so that I would be willing to help author it. Just need to know whether

    • you think this would not be a huge undertaking
    • you don’t already have intentions / work in progress to incorporate this into the core plugin
    • it would be feasilbe (or better) to do this via an additional plugin


  • This is actually a good idea. I have also wished on sites with many custom field groups for a way to better manage them.

    ACF uses the standard post admin pages. This means that you can alter the list of posts to include other columns, for example a category, just like you can alter this list for any other post type.

    I don’t see why you could not add a custom taxonomy to the acf-field-group post type. This should add a standard tags or category box to the right side of the page to select a category.

    The only thing that I’m not sure about would be sorting and filtering the list of groups by this new group category and you’d need to look into that.

    I don’t think any of this is impossible.

    I’m not the developer, so I can’t answer the other questions. You might be able to get an answer from the devs by opening a new support ticket here

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