Live Edit

Edit the title, content and any ACF fields from the front end of your website!

Author:Elliot Condon (profile at
WordPress version required:3.0
WordPress version tested:3.4.2
Plugin version:2.1.4
Added to WordPress repository:31-07-2011
Last updated:08-10-2014
Warning! This plugin has not been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.
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Total downloads:15 366
Active installs:1 000+
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The Live Edit plugin provides a "slide out" panel to edit the title / content and any Advanced Custom Fields on any template file! Instead of automatically adding an "edit" button to the page or post, this plugin allow you to specify a "region" (div element) which can be edited. This means you can have multiple "edit regions" within the one template file.

A good example of this is to imagine an archive page where multiple posts are shown. This plugin would allow you to quickly edit any visible post's fields!



To create an "editable region", use the live_edit() function. This function is placed inside the tag where attributes can be created. eg:

<div <?php live_edit('field_name1, field_name2, etc'); ?>>
    <p>An edit buton will appear in this div! All HTML inside the div will update refresh after updated!</p>
    <p>Field name 1: <?php the_field('field_name1'); ?></p>


This function generates the atributes neccessary for the "edit panel" to work. It accepts 2 parameters:

$fields - An array or string (comma seperated list) of field names to show in the edit panel. To edit the post title use "post_title", to edit the post content use "post_content", to edit the post excerpt use "post_excerpt", for all ACF fields use "$field_name" - (required)

$post_id - A number refering to the post / page to save values against. This can be any $post_id value used in ACF. This includes: "option", "user_$userID", '$taxonomy_$term', 123. Defaults to current $post->ID - (optional)


It is always good practise to wrap the live_edit() function in a conditional statement. This allows the plugin to be deativated without crashing your website. eg:

<div class="somthing" <?php if(function_exists("live_edit")){ live_edit('post_title, repeater_field'); }?>>

Tested on

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