How can I add a button to a posts -page. (In this case a custom post type).

I'd like to place it next to, or near, the "Add new" button, to import content from a web service.

2 Answers 2


You can add button via add_meta_box function.

function add_your_meta_box(){

add_meta_box('your-metabox-id', 'Title', 'function_of_metabox', 'custom_post_type', 'side', 'high');}

add_action('add_meta_boxes', 'add_your_meta_box'); 

function function_of_metabox()
    <input type="submit" class="button button-primary button-large" value="Add New" id="add-new"/>
<?php }

if you add to multiple post type, you should use foreach loop.

function add_your_meta_box(){

  $types = array("post","page","custom_post_type");

  foreach($types as $type){

    add_meta_box('your-metabox-id', 'Title', 'function_of_metabox', $type, 'side', 'high');}


add_action('add_meta_boxes', 'add_your_meta_box'); 
  • 2
    That solution adds the button on the edit post -page, not the posts listing page, which was what I originally wanted. Could be an OK place to add such a button however.
    – Jouni S.
    Sep 1, 2015 at 10:17

Like this:

function custom_js_to_head() {
        jQuery("body.post-type-YOUR-CUSTOM-POST-TYPE .wrap h1").append('<a href="index.php?param=your-action" class="page-title-action">Import from ...</a>');
add_action('admin_head', 'custom_js_to_head');

That code (pasted to functions.php) will dynamically add new link tag after "Add new" link.

  • I was somewhat hoping that the use of javascript wouldn't be necessary. But if there's no hook to add buttons, and it's safe to assume .wrap h1 exists in themes... Then I guess it's acceptable.
    – Jouni S.
    Sep 1, 2015 at 6:56
  • I dont't know about any hook that can place some HTML exactly on that place. And it's based ond wp-admin HTML structure, so it won't be affected by any front-end theme change.
    – Marek
    Sep 1, 2015 at 8:13
  • 1
    Very weird there is no "Wordpress way" to do that. Or maybe... this is the "Wordpress way"... May 25, 2017 at 19:31

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