I have a question regarding the way data is stored in the database in certain type of fields.
My question is specifically directed to “group” where we can group multiple fields and then use the “clone” feature. I love to use it but I’m concerned about the way the data is stored in the database which is a serialized array.
Fields like “checkbox list” or “images_advanced” store the data in multiple meta fields in the database which is the “native” WordPress way of doing things and I like it. The data is nicely stored in the database and I can perform simple EQUAL query.
However, since groups are stored as serialized arrays, such query is not possible. Instead, we need to do a “LIKE” that is much, much worse in terms of performance.
I was recently inspecting the ACF plugin and I noticed that their repeater plugin stores data in separate meta fields.
Is there any way to recreate it in Metabox.io?