Basically I want to display a form on my blog (on a certain page) that will allow anyone to fill it out and it will create a post in a custom post type.

I saw the answer once before but I can't find it now.

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    I know you probably want to build this yourself, but I recently started working with a plugin called Formidable that does this really well. There's a free version, you may want to check it out. wordpress.org/extend/plugins/formidable Jan 24, 2012 at 20:13
  • I tried formidable. But the free version have limitations. Date, time, hidden fields etc are locked. Jan 29, 2017 at 11:27

2 Answers 2


posting from the front-end is a matter of displaying a form and processing it:


<!-- New Post Form -->
<div id="postbox">
<form id="new_post" name="new_post" method="post" action="">

<!-- post name -->
<p><label for="title">Title</label><br />
<input type="text" id="title" value="" tabindex="1" size="20" name="title" />

<!-- post Category -->
<p><label for="Category">Category:</label><br />
<p><?php wp_dropdown_categories( 'show_option_none=Category&tab_index=4&taxonomy=category' ); ?></p>

<!-- post Content -->
<p><label for="description">Content</label><br />
<textarea id="description" tabindex="3" name="description" cols="50" rows="6"></textarea>

<!-- post tags -->
<p><label for="post_tags">Tags:</label>
<input type="text" value="" tabindex="5" size="16" name="post_tags" id="post_tags" /></p>
<p align="right"><input type="submit" value="Publish" tabindex="6" id="submit" name="submit" /></p>

<input type="hidden" name="action" value="new_post" />
<?php wp_nonce_field( 'new-post' ); ?>

the processing:

if( 'POST' == $_SERVER['REQUEST_METHOD'] && !empty( $_POST['action'] ) &&  $_POST['action'] == "new_post") {

    // Do some minor form validation to make sure there is content
    if (isset ($_POST['title'])) {
        $title =  $_POST['title'];
    } else {
        echo 'Please enter a  title';
    if (isset ($_POST['description'])) {
        $description = $_POST['description'];
    } else {
        echo 'Please enter the content';
    $tags = $_POST['post_tags'];

    // Add the content of the form to $post as an array
    $new_post = array(
        'post_title'    => $title,
        'post_content'  => $description,
        'post_category' => array($_POST['cat']),  // Usable for custom taxonomies too
        'tags_input'    => array($tags),
        'post_status'   => 'publish',           // Choose: publish, preview, future, draft, etc.
        'post_type' => 'post_type_name'  //'post',page' or use a custom post type if you want to
    //save the new post
    $pid = wp_insert_post($new_post); 
    //insert taxonomies
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    @Bainternet - Thanks, now is there a way to have the form redirect to the new post after they submit it?
    – Jared
    Mar 6, 2011 at 10:45
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    yah wp_redirect(get_permalink($pid)); exit;
    – Bainternet
    Mar 6, 2011 at 10:55
  • @Bainternet - Thanks again, but when i place that after the wp_insert_post function, I get an error that says cannot modify headers. Where do I put that?
    – Jared
    Mar 6, 2011 at 20:37
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    This is how you should laid out the code: pastebin.com/SRi2ZxWa
    – ariefbayu
    Mar 8, 2011 at 22:56
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    @Jared silent is right the processing part needs to come before the form
    – Bainternet
    Mar 8, 2011 at 23:07

It might be simpler to use a plugin to do this.

You could also use the excellent Contact Form 7 plugin along with the Post My CF7 Form extension plugin which will allow you to save any custom forms to a custom post, including images as featured attachments, custom meta fields and select/checkbox/radio inputs as taxonomies.

The Post My CF7 Form plugin has a rich functionality that can be leveraged to further customise and tweak the way your forms should be saved. There is a detailed documentation section too.

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