I want to enable logged in users (Wordpress) to submit posts from front end (among with other data).

My form is working great, I add custom post meta data which I later display on custom post page.

I added enctype="multipart/form-data" to form tag.

Added this code to functions.php:

function insert_attachment($file_handler,$post_id,$setthumb='false') {
    // check to make sure its a successful upload
    if ($_FILES[$file_handler]['error'] !== UPLOAD_ERR_OK) __return_false();
    require_once(ABSPATH . "wp-admin" . '/includes/image.php');
    require_once(ABSPATH . "wp-admin" . '/includes/file.php');
    require_once(ABSPATH . "wp-admin" . '/includes/media.php');
    $attach_id = media_handle_upload( $file_handler, $post_id );
    if ($setthumb) update_post_meta($post_id,'_thumbnail_id',$attach_id);
    return $attach_id;

And this to the custom post page (where the front end form is):

if ($_FILES) {
    foreach ($_FILES as $file => $array) {
    $newupload = insert_attachment($file,$pid);

After this php code I have this code to create post:

$post_information = array(
'post_title' => wp_strip_all_tags( $_POST['title']),
'post_content' => $_POST['content'],
'post_category' => array($_POST['category']),
'post_type' => 'post',
'post_status' => 'pending'

$post_information = wp_insert_post($post_information);
add_post_meta($post_information, 'custom1', $_POST['custom1']);
add_post_meta($post_information, 'custom2', $_POST['custom2']);
add_post_meta($post_information, 'custom3', $_POST['custom3']);

Now the post data is added to the new post without problems, and the image is uploaded. I upload image with this:

<input type="file" tabindex="3" name="custom-upload1" id="custom-upload2" />
<input type="file" tabindex="3" name="custom-upload2" id="custom-upload2" />
<input type="file" tabindex="3" name="custom-upload3" id="custom-upload3" />

Now I need to find a way to save and show image on the created custom post. I was thinking about this two options:

  1. Save the uploaded image URL in a custom field.
  2. Save image directly to the post.

For my case the first option would be better, but I do not know how to do this.

Is there any way to save like that:

add_post_meta($post_information, 'imageURL', $_POST['imageURL']);

But i do not know how to pass the image URL variable to 'imageURL'.

Is there any option to do that?

  • There's a logical issue in the first codeblock: __return_false(); will give you the value FALSE right there, but it does not return anything back out of insert_attachment.
    – David
    Feb 7, 2016 at 9:52

1 Answer 1


wp_insert_attachment returns the resulting post_ID of attachment record created in posts table, so you will need to add these IDs (multiple) in the post meta table using update_post_meta as suggested in code below:

$attchmentIds = array();
if ($_FILES) {
    foreach ($_FILES as $file => $array) {
        $newupload = insert_attachment($file,$pid);
        $attchmentIds[] = $newupload;
/*The following code will go after wp_insert_post call*/
update_post_meta($post_information, '_post_custom_attachments', $attchmentIds);

Now once this is done, when you want to display images on posts single page, you will need to get these attachment IDs from the post meta field and use wp_get_attachment_url function:

$attachmentIds = get_post_meta(get_the_ID(), '_post_custom_attachments');

foreach($attachmentIds as $attachmentId) {
    echo wp_get_attachment_url( $attachmentId );
    //outputs something like http://example.net/wp-content/uploads/filename

Reference Links:

http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/wp_insert_attachment http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/wp_get_attachment_url

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