What is this plugin? The ACF Custom Database Tables plugin is an extension for the Advanced Custom Fields plugin. The extension makes it possible for developers to generate custom database tables that map to ACF Field Groups where each field represents a column. This approach provides the option to store key entity (post, user, custom post type) […]

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Download the plugin zip file from the Hookturn website. Head to the plugins area of your website – e.g; – and upload the file. Activate the plugin. Enabling ACF JSON Whilst not a requirement, we highly recommend you consider enabling ACF Local JSON before creating any tables. ACF Local JSON improves the performance of ACF […]

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Creating your first table

Table creation/modification is a two part process: First, we need to generate (or update) the field group’s table definition JSON file. Then, we need to apply the definition to the database in order to create new tables or modify existing ones. Generating the definition file Head to the field group you wish to create a […]


Does this plugin work with user data? Yes. Custom database tables can be defined for field groups that have a User Form in their location settings. Can I use this plugin for custom post types? Absolutely. Whilst the plugin supports the built in types of post and page, it is ideally suited for storing custom […]

Caveats & Gotchas

You may face issues with third party systems that rely on WordPress’ core table structure (e.g; search plugins, database management plugins, etc.) If you find situations where this is a problem, please let us know so that we can investigate solutions. If a table definition does not contain any columns, the table will not be […]

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