I have a custom post type and a completely custom user interface to access it, and would like these posts to have a publish status. I know how to make them skip trash and be deleted immediately, but this still leaves me with draft posts and private posts.

Is there a way to prevent posts getting flagged as drafts or private? I can hide the controls in CSS but I want to do this in code to make sure it isn't possible, is there a handy filter I can use?

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    I suppose I would add a check to the save_post/wp_insert_post filter to disallow or making it impossible to save this CPT as draft/private. Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 13:20
  • I guess I actually might have missed something the first time around..what about the post_submitbox_misc_actions filter for example? Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 14:09

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I wonder if you could use something as simple as this: (similar to the suggestion of @ialocin)

 * Use the "Force" on the post status ;-)

add_action( 'wp_insert_post_data', function( $data, $postarr ){

    $change_post_status = array( 'draft', 'private' ); // Edit to your needs

    if( 'cpt' === $data['post_type'] 
         && in_array( $data['post_status'], $change_post_status, TRUE ) 
        $data['post_status'] = 'publish';

    return $data;

}, PHP_MAX_INT, 2 );

where we just force the post status value when it's part of the $change_post_status array - before the post is saved.

(... or maybe I'm misunderstanding the setup ;-)

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    curious, there is the potential danger of duplicate posts if it tries to save revisions or drafts, I will have to test
    – Tom J Nowell
    Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 16:24
  • If you spot something, we could then try to find a workaround with comparison to $postarr, for example.
    – birgire
    Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 16:52
  • Hey @TomJNowell, I had forgotten about this problem and got curious if you did some further testing?
    – birgire
    Commented Jul 28, 2014 at 9:37

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