I just installed the advanced custom field plugin, but it wont show up in the admin sidebar, for the life of me I cant figure it out. How do I go about debugging, this, this is a fresh install with no other plugins and I have tried defaulting the twenty eleven theme. Help.

  • ok well i was able to install the advanced custom field 4 beta no problem. Not sure why 1.00 wasnt working oh well. Commented Feb 11, 2013 at 16:22

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The author wrote that "Due to the new terms and conditions governing WordPress plugins, ACF has been relocated to github. This will allow the plugin to be accessible whilst the new version is being built." (Refer to the notes under "description" before you installed the plugin or if you go into your plugins folder via FTP, then read the "readme.txt" file).

To solve this, click "details" under the plugin name (before installing ACF), and it'll link you to where the author hosted his files. You can choose to download either the 3.5 version or 4.0 beta version. After downloading those files, install the current 1.0.0 version of ACF.

Then go into your file manager in your hosting control panel or via FTP and open your plugins folder and replace the "advanced-custom-fields" folder with the "acf-master" folder you downloaded. After doing so, refresh your dashboard and you should see the "Custom Fields" sidebar under "Settings" in your wordpress panel.

Hope that made sense, and good luck!

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