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I have a custom post type 'Participant' with many custom fields. I also have a form with corresponding input fields for the user to fill out. When he submits the form, I want a new post to be generated with each custom fields containing the value chosen by the user.

Is it possible to do and if so, how?

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Use wp_insert_post() and add_post_meta(), like this:

// insert the post and set the category
$post_id = wp_insert_post(array (
    'post_type' => 'your_post_type',
    'post_title' => $your_title,
    'post_content' => $your_content,
    'post_status' => 'publish',
    'comment_status' => 'closed',   // if you prefer
    'ping_status' => 'closed',      // if you prefer

if ($post_id) {
    // insert post meta
    add_post_meta($post_id, '_your_custom_1', $custom1);
    add_post_meta($post_id, '_your_custom_2', $custom2);
    add_post_meta($post_id, '_your_custom_3', $custom3);
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Works as charm even on WordPress 4.4.2 :) ! – jave.web Apr 11 at 6:12

This can be achieved quite easily using the Gravity Forms plugin. You can build a form which populates a Custom Post Type in the backend. This post can be set to appear as a draft or as published. No problem adding custom fields. In my case, I used it to gather client testimonials.

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I like this solution, especially if you're delivering it to a client that wants to manage the form themselves. – webaware Dec 26 '12 at 23:42

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