I try to replace post's the_content with value from ACF field article_text. I managed to achieve it with following method:

  $postid = get_queried_object_id();

  $my_post = array(
      'ID'           => $postid,
      'post_content' => get_field('article_text'),

  wp_update_post( $my_post );


But I have a small issue with it: when I create post, the_content doesn't automatically gets the value from ACF article_text. I have to refresh the browser couple times in order to see that change. When I preview the post without publishing, I cannot see the_content at all.

My question - is there a more efficient way to do it to see the content straight away?

The reason why I want to display the_content instead of article_text is because of several not-ACF-friendly plugins.

1 Answer 1


Instead of updating the post's content, you can filter it using the the_content filter.

add_filter( 'the_content', 'wpse241388_use_acf_field' );
function wpse241388_use_acf_field( $content ) {
    return get_field( 'article_text' );


To apply to only your article post type:

add_filter( 'the_content', 'wpse241388_use_acf_field' );
function wpse241388_use_acf_field( $content ) {
    if ( is_singular( 'article' ) ) {
        $content = get_field( 'article_text' );
    return $content;


  • Actually I have one more question. If I want to apply it only to specific post type article. How would you recommend to modify your code?
    – ERDFX
    Oct 3, 2016 at 16:50
  • I've updated my answer. Use one or the other, not both, of the snippets.
    – Pat J
    Oct 3, 2016 at 16:54
  • Doing it this way doesn't allow for the use of <!--next page-->. Any way around this? Mar 30, 2017 at 7:53

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