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I've made WP into a cms and there's a few niggling things that cause confusion. The main one is that when you create a page, you have to first select a template then enter a title then save as draft for it to show the correct fields on the page (I'm using the advanced custom field plugin).

Is there any way to get around this? A couple of users have now said "why aren't I seeing the correct fields to fill in?", this is down to not selecting the template and saving first.

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Why are custom fields conditional upon the Page template? Wouldn't an easier, more elegant, and more intuitive approach be to use Custom Post Types?

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I'm using this plugin for custom fields - plugins.elliotcondon.com/advanced-custom-fields –  Rob Jun 14 '11 at 13:01
    
A Plugin is an implementation tool, not a design strategy. What are the custom Page templates you have created? I'm guessing that they would be better suited instead as Custom Post Types - and if so, then your "niggling things" would go away, because you would no longer be dependent upon page-template conditionals for your custom fields. –  Chip Bennett Jun 14 '11 at 13:22
    
I'm too far down this route (as custom fields weren't easily available at the time of building the site) to go back now. –  Rob Jun 15 '11 at 8:13
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