After switching from ACF to Toolset there might be certain things you are wondering how to achieve. Here, we go through most popular ACF features and explain how to do the same and more, with Toolset.

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Using a collection of basic fields with a custom post type

Usually, you need to add custom fields to your custom post types.

Creating custom fields

ACF Toolset
How to set it up
You would go to Custom Fields -> Add new and create a group of fields. Use the Location section to assign the group to your post type.

Go to Toolset -> Custom fields page and click the Add new button.

 

Use the Edit button in the Settings section to assign this group to your post type.

Result

Result

Displaying custom fields on the front-end

ACF Toolset
You need to create or edit single-{$post_type}.php template using PHP. Go to Toolset -> Content Templates and create or edit your template. There is no need to edit any files or add any PHP code. Everything is done right from user interface.

To create image galleries, you can use the (repeating) image field.

ACF Toolset
How to set it up
You would go to Custom Fields -> Add new and Choose Gallery for the Field Type.

 

Go to Toolset -> Custom Field and create a  New group. To this group add new Image field and check the Allow multiple-instances of this field option.

ACF Toolset
You have to add gallery field to your PHP template.

Use Content Templates and create or edit your template. Use the interface to display galleries in your templates.

Using the Repeater field (a group of repeatable fields)

ACF Toolset
How to set it up
You would go to Custom Fields -> Add new and choose Gallery for the Field Type.

Go to Toolset -> Custom Fields and create a New group. Use the Edit option to assign your group to your post type.

 

Use Add New Repeatable Field Group to add fields and create a repeatable field group

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Result

Result

Displaying a group of repeatable fields on the front-end

ACF Toolset
You must add new functions to your PHP template. To display a repeatable fields group, you need to use a View. Basically, a View allows you to list any kind of content on your site. The View will go through all the items in the repeating field group. You can instruct it how to display each item and the View will produce the required list.

Creating flexible layouts for individual pages

ACF Toolset
How to set it up
The ACF’s Flexible Content field allows you to create flexible layouts and add new sections dynamically to the post/page edit screen.

 

Toolset does not provide a similar feature but allows you to visually design your templates using the WordPress Block Editor.

This way, you can build your templates in a visual way and use any design layout you need.

Result

Result

Building Custom Searches

There is one more popular Toolset feature ACF does not provide but which ACF users appreciate – the ability to build custom searches.

Custom search allows visitors to easily filter content by multiple parameters and find exactly what they need. Toolset custom searches can include inputs to filter by custom fields, taxonomy, relationship, and text searches.

Search results will have your custom design and you can even display them on maps.

Custom search example with results on a map and as a list of posts
Custom search example with results on a map and as a list of posts

Check out the documentation to learn more about building custom searches for any content type.