I know that you can remove the editor section of the page editor page ( :/) depending on the template chosen using add_action( 'load-page.php', 'hide_editor_function' ); (with proper functionality of course). The problem with this though, as you should be able to tell, is that this will only work on a page load/reload. Not as soon as the template is changed.

As far as I can find, there is no specific hook for this. So my question really is, is there a hook for when the user changes the page template for a page in the admin panel? And if not, what would be the best way to have 'instantaneous' hiding/revealing of the editor (and add custom meta boxes)?

Thank you for your time, Lyphiix


If you want to toggle the editor "on the fly", you'll need to revert to a pure JavaScript solution, and only ever "visually" hide it (as opposed to removing it server-side):

function wpse_189693_hide_on_template_toggle() {
    $screen = get_current_screen();
    if ( $screen && $screen->id === 'page' ) :

    jQuery( "#page_template" ).change(
        function() {
            jQuery( "#postdivrich" ).toggle( jQuery( this ).val() === "my-template.php" );
    ).trigger( "change" );


add_action( 'admin_print_footer_scripts', 'wpse_189693_hide_on_template_toggle' );

The reason you can't keep your hide_editor_function is, whilst this will work to initially hide the editor, once the user saves and reloads the page the editor will no longer be in the source to "toggle". So it always has to be there, even if it's just hidden.

  • Will this work for adding/removing metaboxes as well? Or should I be really stupid and reload the page on template changed and do the hiding I am already doing (plus adding/removing meta boxes). – Lyphiix May 28 '15 at 21:25
  • Yes, just change the jQuery selectors. I think reloading the page is overkill and asking for trouble. – TheDeadMedic May 28 '15 at 21:50
  • Yes... As I said, 'stupidly reload'. How do I find the selectors I want? – Lyphiix May 28 '15 at 21:56
  • Just view source or inspect element with your browser to get the id of the metaboxes – TheDeadMedic May 28 '15 at 22:16

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