When you start to use WordPress as a CMS you begin to realize that one WYSIWYG area isn’t going to cut it. At that point you may start to explore the option of custom fields. To do this you’ll need the power of custom meta boxes. There are many ways to create them; some involve the use of plugins and some don’t. Here, in our today’s post we have compiled a list of some of the amazing free metabox WordPress plugins for your wordpress blogs.
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1. Categories Metabox Enhanced
Replace the checkboxes with radio buttons or a select drop-down in the built-in Categories metabox. Change the built-in Categories metabox to a single term UI, which means replacing the checkboxes with radio buttons or a select drop-down. Apply the single term UI to other hierarchical taxonomies in the plugin’s Settings page.
2. JM Twitter Cards
Once activated the plugin adds appropriate meta on your WordPress website allowing you to get Twitter cards for your posts according to your settings. WP SEO by Yoast and All in One SEO compatible (no conflict with SEO title and desc set with these plugins).
3. WebMan Amplifier
WebMan Amplifier is WordPress plugin that provides mega pack of features! This is a premium plugin that you can get absolutely for free! The plugin was build to help with and simplify the WordPress theme development process, thus is suited for theme developers mostly.
4. Multi Image Metabox
This plugin add a metabox which allox to upload and link multiple images to one post. Pictures are linked by the way of meta_value (and attachments ID). They can be reordered using drag and drop.
5. WP-CMS Post Control
Post Control from WordPress CMS Modifications gives you complete control over your write options for every user level/role. It not only allows you to hide unwanted items like custom fields, trackbacks, revisions etc.
6. Multi Image Upload
This plugin adds a meta box to upload multiple images for posts and pages. You can enable it for custom post types also, please see installation instructions.
7. FPW Post Instructions
This plugin makes meta boxes on admin editing screens for posts, pages, links, and custom post types with instructions for editors. The content of these meta boxes can be entered/modified on plugin’s settings page.
8. WCK – Custom Fields and Custom Post Types Creator
WordPress Creation Kit consists of three tools that can help you create and maintain custom post types, custom taxonomies and most importantly, custom fields and metaboxes for your posts, pages or CPT’s.
9. Somatic Framework
This framework is a collection of classes and functions for handling advanced custom post types cases. With just a few defined arrays, it can create custom post types, taxonomies, their labels, menus, metaboxes, and save routines.
10. Drag & Drop Featured Image
Drag & Drop Featured Image is a plugin made to save you time when setting a featured image. What it does is simple, it replaces the default “Set featured image” metabox with a new one containing a Plupload drop area just like the one found in the media uploader.
11. Source Affix
This is right plugin for you if you want to add source link to your post. It adds separate meta box for the input of source text. You can use this feature to any Post or Page. Even more, it also supports custom post type.
12. WP Attachments
WP Attachments automatically lists every file uploaded in a content below the text area, without having to manually insert the link. This plugin is helpful when you want to use WordPress as a CMS with a big amount of media files.
13. Custom Field Suite
Visually create and manage custom fields. Over a dozen field types: text, date, wysiwyg, relationship, file upload, user, loop, google maps, etc. Loop fields are repeatable containers for other fields. For example, place a File Upload field into a loop to create a gallery!