This may be a duplicate of this question - Changing the priority of a custom taxonomy's metabox but I can't work out how to apply that answer. I'm unsure what my custom taxonomy div label would be and how to get it to apply to only a custom post type.

I have a custom taxonomy, created with register_taxonomy and I would like to make the taxonomy box appear inbetween the post title field and the editor field in the wp-admin add/edit post area, for a set custom post type. Usually you can change CPT order in the admin menus with a priority field, but I don't think there is one for taxonomies...



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In your case you can edit the following code to accomplish what you are looking for by assigning the custom taxonomy meta box to a custom context and then running do_meta_boxes

 * insert meta boxes before main editor below title
function wpse_140900_add_meta_boxes_after_title( $post ){

    // per the comment below filter by post type
    // http://wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/140900/how-do-i-make-a-custom-taxonomy-for-a-cpt-appear-inbetween-title-and-editor-boxe/140906#comment201984_140906
    if( $post->post_type != 'targeted-post-type' )

    // setup function vars
    global $wp_meta_boxes;
    $current_screen = get_current_screen();
    $registered_taxonomy = 'custom_taxonomy';

    // move meta box to after_title position
    $wp_meta_boxes[$current_screen->id]['after_title']['core'][ $registered_taxonomy . 'div'] = $wp_meta_boxes[$current_screen->id]['side']['core'][ $registered_taxonomy . 'div' ];

    // display registered meta boxes for after_title
    do_meta_boxes( get_current_screen(), 'after_title', $post );

    // remove meta box from displaying in the "default"
    unset( $wp_meta_boxes[$current_screen->id]['side']['core'][ $registered_taxonomy . 'div' ] );

// init meta boxes after title
add_action( 'edit_form_after_title', 'wpse_140900_add_meta_boxes_after_title' );

In this particular code snippet it will move your sidebar meta boxes below the title and above the content editor fields.

  • Thanks for this. I use a few custom meta boxes already though. How about if I just wanted that specific taxonomy meta box to be displayed there, and the rest in their usual order? I'm unsure how to target a specific one...
    – patrickzdb
    Commented Apr 10, 2014 at 13:10
  • Oh and also, this changes the meta boxes for every single post type. How do I target just one?
    – patrickzdb
    Commented Apr 10, 2014 at 13:13
  • I just updated the code sample to reflect your desire to filter by post type. Specifically for the custom meta boxes you already registered, did you create them via add_meta_box or are they just registered custom taxonomies? Commented Apr 10, 2014 at 14:41
  • Thanks, that makes sense. They're just registered custom taxonomies. Is it easier to create them via add_meta_box in terms of setting priority? I would have done that, but I would like them to function as categories, not tags or standard meta input boxes.
    – patrickzdb
    Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 9:58
  • 1
    I updated the function to include the migration and display of a registered taxonomy Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 10:51

After researching s_ha_dum's link and others for a while it seemed like the only way to position meta boxes in between the title and editor fields was to remove and readd the main editor like this, but this feels a bit hacky to me and receives a warning from another answerer about potential problems.

I was able to combine @s_ha_dum's method for creating a position for a new meta box, and this code which enabled me to create a new meta box that functions like a category taxonomy.

In case it helps anyone, here is the working code to make a custom taxonomy appear in-between the title and editor:

* Function create_ideas_type
* Register ideas type taxonomy 
add_action( 'init', 'create_ideas_type', 0 );

function create_ideas_type() {

$labels = array(
    'name' => __( 'Type'),
    'singular_name' => __( 'Type'),
    'search_items' =>  __( 'Search Types' ),
    'popular_items' => __( 'Popular Types' ),
    'all_items' => __( 'All Types' ),
    'parent_item' => null,
    'parent_item_colon' => null,
    'edit_item' => __( 'Edit Type' ),
    'update_item' => __( 'Update Type' ),
    'add_new_item' => __( 'Add New Type' ),
    'new_item_name' => __( 'New Type Name' ),
    'separate_items_with_commas' => __( 'Separate types with commas' ),
    'add_or_remove_items' => __( 'Add or remove types' ),
    'choose_from_most_used' => __( 'Choose from the most used types' ),

register_taxonomy('ideas_type','ideas', array(
    'label' => __('Type'),
    'labels' => $labels,
    'public' => true,
    'hierarchical' => true,
    'show_ui' => true,
    'show_in_nav_menus' => false,   
    'query_var' => true,
    'rewrite' => array( 'slug' => 'greenhouse/ideas-ambitions/type', 'with_front' => false),
* Functions add_before_editor and move_ideaspost_box
* Reorder the metabox to appear in between title and editor
// use the action to create a place for your meta box

function add_before_editor($post) {
    global $post;
    do_meta_boxes('ideas', 'pre_editor', $post);

add_action('do_meta_boxes', 'move_ideaspost_box');

function move_ideaspost_box() {

    global $post;
    if( $post->post_type != 'ideas' )

    remove_meta_box( 'ideas_typediv', 'ideas', 'side' );
    $t_name = 'ideas_type';
    if ( !is_taxonomy_hierarchical($t_name) )
        add_meta_box('tagsdiv-' . $t_name, "Type", 'post_tags_meta_box', 'ideas', 'pre_editor', 'low', array( 'taxonomy' => $t_name ));
        add_meta_box($t_name . 'div', "Type", 'post_categories_meta_box', 'ideas', 'pre_editor', 'low', array( 'taxonomy' => $t_name ));

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