As per the title, how can I add custom fields to the article component?
The tutorial, http://docs.joomla.org/Adding_custom_fields_to_the_article_component almost gets there and it a beautiful piece of work, but relies on a core patch that was never accepted into core.
So I guess I could do that myself, but it means a hack. Or I could install an extension.
Any other ways? What do most people do?