We love Advanced Custom Fields, to the point that we don’t really consider it as a plugin, it is as essential as WordPress to the way we develop applications – it is robust, updated regularly, provides excellent UX both to developers and clients and the Pro version is loaded with quality add-on features, none more important than Local JSON configuration, which is a game-changer.
This small add-one was written and released many years ago, but we recently had a specific use-case which enabled us to dust down the vaults and see if it still worked as expected – happily it did, so we oiled up the parts and tested on the latest WordPress version and issued a new official release to the Plugin Repo.
The requirement was simple enough, we needed to define and update a numeric value saved as post meta in the WordPress admin, within defined ranges and allow for different steps and value formats – ACF did not provide any specific UX tools for dealing with number values, so we decided to add one 🙂
ACF provided boilerplate code for creating add-ons and we studied a few already available to make sure we followed conventions and did things in a standardized way – we also created versioned functionality, covering ACF versions 3, 4 and 5.
The result is simple – a visual UI tool that makes available an numeric value to the hidden input field, which is saved to standard WP meta tables and updated on page load to position the slider correctly – certainly not world-changing, but good UX and much more fun that writing a number 😉
The code is available on GitHub to read and fork, we accept pull requests for updates and you can also report issues there or on our own dedicated support forms – you can also add short suggestions in the comments on this post.