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I know there are a few plugins (Custom Fields Template seems to be the most popular one) that lets me insert custom fields into the new-post.php template. But I'm wondering if I can add in a few fields without using a plugin -- just as a mock-up. Do I have to go into the core?

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This might be helpful stackoverflow.com/questions/3027965/… – booota Aug 23 '11 at 5:27
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This article will get you there: http://andrewferguson.net/2008/09/26/using-add_meta_box/

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