I have added tags to my custom post type and by default the tag meta box appears under the 'publish' meta box on the right. I can manually drag the meta box to reposition it under the rest of my meta boxes on the left but this is inefficient in deployment.

How can I position the default tags meta box using code like the rest of my meta boxes?

add_action( 'admin_init', 'admin_boxes' );
function admin_boxes()
    add_meta_box( 'display_text_meta_box',
        'Text box',
        'custom_types', 'normal', 'high'

function display_text_meta_box( $custom_type ) 

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    Are you searching for something like this or like this?
    – kaiser
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 12:05
  • I used the plugin to disable the meta box order along with @Bainterents answer, but it still displays under the publish meta box...
    – myol
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 12:19
  • Myol, please take some time at the help center to see how the system works. Bainternet does not get your ping. You will need to comment on his answer ... sigh
    – kaiser
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 12:22

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You can remove the default post tags metabox and then add it again in the desired location, ex:

add_action( 'add_meta_boxes', 'move_tags_metabox_location', 0 );
function move_tags_metabox_location(){
    global $wp_meta_boxes;
    unset( $wp_meta_boxes['post']['side']['core']['tagsdiv-post_tag'] );
    add_meta_box( 'tagsdiv-post_tag', 'Tags', 'post_tags_meta_box', 'post', 'normal', 'core', array( 'taxonomy' => 'post_tag' ));
  • is it critical to use unset? I can get this to work with just add_meta_box
    – myol
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 12:50
  • it's already added so the unset is crucial.
    – Bainternet
    Commented Oct 30, 2014 at 13:45

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