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How to Add ACF Field Group to WooCommerce Product Data Custom Tab

  • The article explains how to add an ACF field group to a WooCommerce product data custom tab using code or a plugin.
  • The article provides step-by-step instructions on how to create a custom tab, assign an ACF field group to it, and display the field values on the front-end.

If you use WooCommerce to sell products on your WordPress site, you might want to add some custom fields to your product pages. For example, you might want to display additional information about the product features, specifications, reviews, or anything else that can help your customers make a purchase decision.

One way to do this is to use the Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) plugin, which allows you to create and manage custom fields for any post type, including WooCommerce products. ACF also lets you create custom field groups, which are collections of related fields that can be displayed together on the same page.

However, if you want to display your custom field group within a specific tab in the WooCommerce product data section, you might run into some difficulties. By default, ACF does not provide an option to assign a field group to a custom tab. You can only choose from the existing tabs, such as General, Inventory, Shipping, Linked Products, Attributes, Variations, and Advanced.

So how can you add an ACF field group to a WooCommerce product data custom tab? In this article, we will show you how to do it in a few simple steps. We will also answer some frequently asked questions related to this topic.

How to Add ACF Field Group to WooCommerce Product Data Custom Tab

Step 1: Create a custom tab in the WooCommerce product data section

The first step is to create a custom tab in the WooCommerce product data section. To do this, you will need to add some code to your theme’s functions.php file or use a plugin like Code Snippets.

The code below will create a new tab called “Narrowfar Data” and assign it a target ID of “narrowfar_product_fields”. You can change these values according to your needs.

// Add a custom tab in the WooCommerce product data section
add_filter( 'woocommerce_product_data_tabs', 'cg_narrowfar_custom_product_tabs' );

function cg_narrowfar_custom_product_tabs( $tabs ) {

    $tabs['narrowfar_product_data'] = array(
        'label'    => __( 'Narrowfar Data', 'narrowfar-integration-for-woocommerce' ),
        'target'   => 'narrowfar_product_fields',
        'class'    => array( 'show_if_simple' ),
    );

    return $tabs;
}

This code will also make the custom tab visible only for simple products. If you want to show it for other product types, you can modify the class array accordingly. For example, if you want to show it for variable products as well, you can use ‘class’ => array( ‘show_if_simple’, ‘show_if_variable’ ).

After adding the code, save the file and refresh your WordPress dashboard. You should see the new tab in the product data section when you edit or create a product.

Step 2: Create an ACF field group and assign it to the custom tab

The next step is to create an ACF field group and assign it to the custom tab. To do this, go to Custom Fields > Field Groups and click on Add New. Give your field group a name and add some fields as you normally would with ACF.

For example, we will create a field group called “Narrowfar Data” and add two fields: “Narrowfar ID” and “Narrowfar URL”. These are just examples; you can create any fields that suit your needs.

The important part here is to set the location rules for the field group. By default, ACF will show the field group on all post types. However, we want to show it only on WooCommerce products and only on our custom tab.

To do this, click on Add Rule Group under Location and set the rules as follows:

  • Post Type is equal to Product
  • AND
  • Narrowfar Data is equal to true

You might be wondering where did we get the Narrowfar Data rule from. This is actually a custom rule that we need to create with some more code. The code below will register a new rule that checks if the current tab is equal to our custom tab ID (“narrowfar_product_fields”).

// Register a new ACF location rule for the custom tab
add_filter( 'acf/location/rule_types', 'cg_narrowfar_acf_location_rules_types' );

function cg_narrowfar_acf_location_rules_types( $choices ) {

    $choices['Product']['narrowfar_data'] = __( 'Narrowfar Data', 'narrowfar-integration-for-woocommerce' );

    return $choices;
}

// Match the ACF location rule for the custom tab
add_filter( 'acf/location/rule_match/narrowfar_data', 'cg_narrowfar_acf_location_rules_match', 10, 3 );

function cg_narrowfar_acf_location_rules_match( $match, $rule, $options ) {

    global $post;

    if ( isset( $_GET['post'] ) ) {
        $post_id = $_GET['post'];
    } elseif ( isset( $_POST['post_ID'] ) ) {
        $post_id = $_POST['post_ID'];
    } else {
        $post_id = false;
    }

    if ( $post_id && get_post_type( $post_id ) == 'product' ) {

        if ( isset( $_GET['tab'] ) && $_GET['tab'] == 'narrowfar_product_data' ) {
            $match = true;
        } elseif ( ! isset( $_GET['tab'] ) && $rule['operator'] == '!=' ) {
            $match = true;
        }
    }

    return $match;
}

After adding this code to your functions.php file or Code Snippets plugin, save the file and refresh your WordPress dashboard. You should see the Narrowfar Data rule in the ACF location rules dropdown.

Now, when you edit or create a product and go to the Narrowfar Data tab, you should see the ACF field group there.

Step 3: Display the ACF field values on the front-end

The final step is to display the ACF field values on the front-end of your site. To do this, you will need to use the ACF functions to get and output the field values. You can also use some WooCommerce hooks to insert the field values in the appropriate places on your product page.

For example, if you want to display the Narrowfar ID and Narrowfar URL fields under the product title, you can use the following code:

// Display the ACF field values on the product page
add_action( 'woocommerce_single_product_summary', 'cg_narrowfar_display_acf_fields', 6 );

function cg_narrowfar_display_acf_fields() {

    global $product;

    // Get the product ID
    $product_id = $product->get_id();

    // Get the ACF field values
    $narrowfar_id = get_field( 'narrowfar_id', $product_id );
    $narrowfar_url = get_field( 'narrowfar_url', $product_id );

    // Output the ACF field values
    if ( $narrowfar_id ) {
        echo '<p>Narrowfar ID: ' . esc_html( $narrowfar_id ) . '</p>';
    }

    if ( $narrowfar_url ) {
        echo '<p>Narrowfar URL: <a href="' . esc_url( $narrowfar_url ) . '" target="_blank">' . esc_html( $narrowfar_url ) . '</a></p>';
    }
}

This code will hook into the woocommerce_single_product_summary action, which is where most of the product information is displayed. The priority of 6 will place the fields after the product title and before the product rating. You can change this priority according to your preference.

The code will also use the get_field() function from ACF to get the field values for the current product ID. Then, it will echo the field values with some HTML markup and escaping functions for security and formatting.

After adding this code to your functions.php file or Code Snippets plugin, save the file and refresh your site. You should see the ACF field values on your product page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some common questions and answers related to this topic.

Question: What is ACF?

Answer: ACF stands for Advanced Custom Fields, which is a popular WordPress plugin that allows you to create and manage custom fields for any post type, including WooCommerce products. You can use custom fields to store and display additional information about your content that are not available in the default WordPress fields.

Question: What is WooCommerce?

Answer: WooCommerce is an open-source e-commerce plugin for WordPress that allows you to create and manage an online store. You can use WooCommerce to sell physical or digital products, manage inventory, shipping, taxes, payments, and more.

Question: How do I create a custom tab in WooCommerce?

Answer: You can create a custom tab in WooCommerce by using some code or a plugin. The code or a plugin. The code method requires some basic knowledge of PHP and WordPress hooks, while the plugin method is easier but may have some limitations or compatibility issues.

To create a custom tab in WooCommerce using code, you can follow the steps in this article. You will need to add some code to your theme’s functions.php file or use a plugin like Code Snippets. The code will create a new tab in the WooCommerce product data section and assign it a target ID. Then, you will need to create an ACF field group and assign it to the custom tab using a custom location rule. Finally, you will need to display the ACF field values on the front-end using some ACF functions and WooCommerce hooks.

To create a custom tab in WooCommerce using a plugin, you can use one of the many plugins available on the WordPress repository or other sources. Some of the popular plugins for creating custom tabs in WooCommerce are:

  • [WooCommerce Custom Product Tabs Lite]: This plugin allows you to add custom tabs to individual products or globally. You can use the WordPress editor to add any content to your tabs, such as text, images, videos, shortcodes, etc. You can also reorder, rename, or remove the default tabs.
  • [YITH WooCommerce Tab Manager]: This plugin allows you to create unlimited custom tabs for your products. You can choose from different types of content, such as text, HTML, images, videos, maps, forms, etc. You can also set the visibility and priority of your tabs based on product categories, tags, or attributes.
  • [Custom Product Tabs for WooCommerce]: This plugin allows you to create custom tabs for your products using a simple interface. You can add any content to your tabs using the WordPress editor or shortcodes. You can also duplicate tabs across multiple products or save them as templates for future use.

These are just some examples of plugins that can help you create custom tabs in WooCommerce. You can search for more plugins on the WordPress repository or other sources and compare their features and reviews before choosing one that suits your needs.

Question: How do I display ACF fields on WooCommerce products?

Answer: You can display ACF fields on WooCommerce products by using the ACF functions and WooCommerce hooks. The ACF functions allow you to get and output the field values for any post type, including WooCommerce products. The WooCommerce hooks allow you to insert the field values in the appropriate places on your product page.

For example, if you want to display an ACF field called “Product Description” under the product title, you can use the following code:

// Display the ACF field value on the product page
add_action( 'woocommerce_single_product_summary', 'cg_display_acf_field', 6 );

function cg_display_acf_field() {

    global $product;

    // Get the product ID
    $product_id = $product->get_id();

    // Get the ACF field value
    $product_description = get_field( 'product_description', $product_id );

    // Output the ACF field value
    if ( $product_description ) {
        echo '<div class="product-description">' . wp_kses_post( $product_description ) . '</div>';
    }
}

This code will hook into the woocommerce_single_product_summary action, which is where most of the product information is displayed. The priority of 6 will place the field after the product title and before the product rating. You can change this priority according to your preference.

The code will also use the get_field() function from ACF to get the field value for the current product ID. Then, it will echo the field value with some HTML markup and sanitization functions for security and formatting.

You can use this same technique to display any ACF field on your product page. You just need to change the field name and hook according to your needs.

You can also use some other ACF functions to display more complex fields, such as repeaters, galleries, images, etc.

Conclusion

In this article, we have shown you how to add an ACF field group to a WooCommerce product data custom tab. This is a useful technique if you want to display some extra information about your products that are not available in the default WooCommerce fields.

We hope you found this article helpful and learned something new. If you have any questions or feedback, please leave a comment below.

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Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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