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It's possible to insert posts by users through the front-end by using plugins such as gravity forms or by using wp_insert_post. However, how would one handle the editing of those posts? This has to be in a safe/foolproof/secure way for users.

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Yup, I'd love to see an answer to this too. I've got a nice complex wp_insert_post form on a wine rating site. Allows featured image to be set, additional images uploaded, etc. And use of custom field sfor ratings, etc. But I haven't been able to get proper editing going. I've seen a site using a large amount of jquery which handles this, but I don't know jQuery that well –  Rev. Voodoo Aug 3 '11 at 11:29

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WP User Frontend and Post From Site plugins (among others) allow users to create and edit posts from the front-end.

I am sure you can find a lot more — try this.

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What's the context or design purpose of the site? Is it a community with multiple authors or a team site? It might not be what you're looking for but you can enable users to post quick entries and replies, kind like a Twitter stream via the P2 theme. It is very, very simple but might work for you.

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Hi James, thanks for the suggestion, but I'm not going down that road, as it's not twitter related and I already heavily developed it :) That being said, it's crowd-sourced, so multiple authors, which should only be allowed to edit their own posts. –  FLX Aug 2 '11 at 21:05
    
This theme isn't Twitter related, just constructed so it appears like a comment stream. Why don't you just look at the code and see if you can pull the post form from the theme and re-use it for the theme you've built? Obviously it IS possible, so starting with the P2 homepage code should point you in the right direction. –  jameswanless Aug 3 '11 at 3:19
    
Hi James, I already have the functionality of creating new posts, I need to find a way to allow editing new posts. –  FLX Aug 3 '11 at 9:25

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