I was wondering how Wordpress remembers the position of metaboxes: session basis, user basis, computer basis? Does it set a cookie? Is it saved in the database?

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WordPress saves them in the databas in wp_usermeta as serilized array. For the dashboard all are registered in meta-box-order_dashboard if the meta-box(s) are in metaboxhidden_dashboard they will not be shown. The order will be as saved in database and if not in metaboxhidden_dashboard.

Example the dashboard:

KEY: meta-box-order_dashboard


   [normal] => dashboard_right_now,dashboard_recent_comments,dashboard_incoming_links,dashboard_plugins
   [side] => dashboard_quick_press,dashboard_recent_drafts,dashboard_primary,dashboard_secondary
   [column3] => 
   [column4] => 

There are also these meta_key(s):

  • meta-box-order_dashboard
  • metaboxhidden_dashboard
  • meta-box-order_page
  • metaboxhidden_page
  • metaboxhidden_nav-menus
  • meta-box-order_{custom_post}

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