I am curious without doing a ton of benchmarks, how others feel about using several custom meta fields on a blog post? I am talking strictly performance wise, does it slow things down a lot if using a lot of fields, should we try to keep them to a minimum?
Currently for a regular blog post, I have a custom meta field for...
- Title: Used for page title
- Description: Used for meta description and social share description/text for Facebook and Twitter shares
- Keywords: Used for meta keywords
So I have 3 extra meta fields which are used so every article will have relevant SEO meta, also for when a user shares the article on Social networks, I can set the title and description easily.
I am wanting to add another field for Twitter #hashtags which I can then insert on Twitter shares, these will be similar to my articles tag taxonomy but may differ some so that is why I am thinking a custom meta field is the way to go.
I am also in the process of doing a custom post type for a portfolio which would also in addition to the above custom meta would add several more meta fields for this post type.
That is why I am curious about the performance impact of adding several meta fields?
Please share your thoughts