Hi i'm using the custom post types UI and advanced custom fields plugin and would like to use the default content editor as one of my fields for a custom post type. When i use the_content(); in the template code to output the content it doesn't work.

  <div class="singleProjectContainer">
      <h1><?php the_title(); ?></h1>
      <p><?php the_field('description'); ?></p>             
      <?php the_content(); ?>

Can someone please help me with this. I've searched google but i'm seeing answers related more to content filters.

Advanced Custom Fields Options

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Be more specific while asking. Asuming you're using WYSIWYG editor in a custom field.

To retrieve custom field value, the_content() won't work. You must use something like this

echo get_post_meta($post_id, 'meta_filed_key',  TRUE);
  • It is WYSIWYG, not WYGIWYS. Please update your answer. Commented Mar 18, 2014 at 10:54
  • @Umi, you should direct your comment at Enthusiast, not me, I just corrected him. Commented Mar 18, 2014 at 14:47
  • @Enthusiast Sorry i thought i was quite specific since the content field for Wordpress is a WYSIWYG editor. Advanced Custom Fields gives an option to hide/show the Content Editor when creating custom fields and i chose to show it. I just want to know how to ouput what i wrote in the content WYSIWYG editor
    – Umi
    Commented Mar 18, 2014 at 15:34
  • Are you telling about "Field Type" drop down which let you choose WYSIWYG/Text area etc? If yes, you'll see a field called "Field Name". Let, the value of field name is "hello_test" So you need echo get_post_meta($post_id, 'hello_test', TRUE); where $post_id is the ID of the post/custom type. You can get ID within loop using $post->ID or outside loop global $post; $post_id = $post->ID; Am I clear?
    – IFightCode
    Commented Mar 19, 2014 at 7:31
  • @Enthusiast Thanks for the reply, no it is not the "Field Type" drop down. There is a section called "Options" below the area where you fill in a new field, i edited my question by uploading an image showing the Options section so you can have a better idea. I unchecked the 'Content Editor' check box so i can have the regular Wordpress WYSIWYG content field in my custom Post.So i just want to output what is in that Content field,However using the_content() doesn't output anything - that is the problem.Hope my question is clearer now?
    – Umi
    Commented Mar 19, 2014 at 10:38

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