Advanced Custom Fields version 6.0.6 is now available! 🚀🎉
In our last release of 2022, we bring you a festive release of bug fixes (turkey) sandwiched between a couple of huge UX improvements. So just call me Santa, and let’s get into it!
The Flexible Content field is one of the more powerful and complex field types ACF PRO has to offer. As a layout builder it has many uses for site development, and more often than not, ACF developers use it to create a page builder experience for their clients, like we saw with the recent Rareloop case study.
However, the user experience of adding and editing layouts hasn’t always been great for such an important field. When you have a large number of layouts, it can be hard to navigate and find the layout you need to edit.
For example, here is the UI in ACF 5.0:
We gave the field a design refresh as part of the ACF 6.0 release but it just highlighted the issues with the UI and UX further:
We’ve listened to some excellent feedback from our lovely customers and the team’s been hard at work designing and implementing a much improved experience when adding and editing layouts. With this release we’ve added:
Let’s see how that looks now:
Which makes it so much easier to use:
If you prefer your layouts to be open by default, as they were previously, then you can use the
acf/fields/flexible_content/layout_default_expanded filter to enable that:
add_filter( 'acf/fields/flexible_content/layout_default_expanded', '__return_true' );
We hope this is a welcome change to the Flexible Content field user experience, and allows you as developers to define layouts faster and easier. 🙌
Our 6.0 release came with a fresh new UI and we acknowledge this was a big change for many of our users. One of the biggest challenges that our more experienced users found with the release was the reorganization of the field settings into different tabs. Although this logical grouping of the field settings makes it easier for some users to create and edit fields, and reduces the vertical height of the field settings panel, it did impact the workflow of others – something we most certainly didn’t want to do.
We have listened to user feedback and as of this release there is a new ‘Screen Options’ setting to turn off the field settings tabs, which puts all the field settings in one large panel like it was in ACF 5.0:
For those users who want to remove the tabs programmatically on all their websites, the
acf/field_group/disable_field_settings_tabs filter is your friend:
add_filter( 'acf/field_group/disable_field_settings_tabs', '__return_true' );
🙌 Thanks to everyone who helped make this release possible.
Are you excited about the new improvements to the Flexible Content field UI or anything else in 6.0.6? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter.
acf/blocks/no_fields_assigned_messagefilter will no longer result in blocks without fields assigned having an extra wrapping div