Only load ACF on the backend

I use ACF on almost every website I build because it makes it very easy to create intuitive interfaces for custom post meta, and especially for complex template layouts. On the front end, however, I use native WordPress functions to look up post metadata and render templates.

Use the following code to stop ACF Pro from loading on the website front end, giving the site a slight speed boost.

add_filter( 'option_active_plugins', __NAMESPACE__ . '\disable_acf_on_frontend' );
* Disable ACF Pro on website frontend.
* Provides a performance boost if ACF frontend functions aren't being used.
* @since 1.0.0
* @link
function disable_acf_on_frontend( $plugins ) {
if ( is_admin() ) {
return $plugins;
foreach ( $plugins as $index => $plugin ) {
if ( 'advanced-custom-fields-pro/acf.php' == $plugin ) {
unset( $plugins[ $index ] );
return $plugins;
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Credit Bill Erickson, see

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