I want to allow my client to change some introductory text on a custom post archive page (eg. archive-unicorn.php), but I can't see how to do this.

I guess one way I could do this is would be to create a page template page instead (eg. page-unicorn.php), and use query_posts() to get when I want on the page instead.

What's the best way to do this?

  • /u/gmazzap and /u/kraftner posted some good answers to a similar question. Pretty much allows the user to assign a fake template to a page then some hooks will pull that page title and content to supplement that data using post_type_archive_title() and such which I find to be pretty good methods.
    – Howdy_McGee
    Apr 18, 2016 at 16:04

3 Answers 3

  1. You can use Options API or Setting API to store the data in the database. Write a plugin to create a meta box for the introduction text and show that text on the archive-unicorn.php.

  2. Or you can utilize the description parameter when you register_post_type and print it in the archive-unicorn.php like this:

    $unicorn_obj = get_post_type_object('unicorn');
    if ( !empty($unicorn_obj) ) {
        echo $unicorn_obj->description;
  3. Or you can add_meta_box, e.g. _is_sticky_unicorn, to the unicorn custom post type then use a query to show the post marked sticky on the very top of the archive-unicorn.php:

    if( get_post_meta( $post->ID, '_is_sticky_unicorn', true ) ) {
        // show your sticky post here
    } else {
        // show the rest here
  • He asked for the best way, not for how many ways.
    – wpclevel
    Apr 18, 2016 at 13:13

You can try to build some options custom page to allow users to change some text. there are many plugins for easily creating that functionality. I will suggest you the most popular - ACF - Options Page

You can use the following code with ACF PRO:

 * Create ACF setting page under Campaign CPT menu
 * @since 1.0.0
if (function_exists('acf_add_options_sub_page')) {
            'title' => 'All Campaign Options',
            'parent' => 'edit.php?post_type=campaign',
            'capability' => 'manage_options'

comment is related to post, page, or custom post type content, not an archive page, so I think you rather need add a front form than comment form on archive pages. You can use the "visual form builder" or some other front form plugins to get the done.

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