What's the best way to completely customize the Edit Post admin screen for a specific custom post type?

I have customized it to an extent already on creation of the custom post type - adding additional fields etc, but I want to remove many of the elements such like permalinks, preview post, disable quick editing etc

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Some of these questions are answered here: Set Default Admin Screen options & Metabox Order

To remove the permalink metabox:

function my_remove_meta_boxes() {
    remove_meta_box('slugdiv', 'my-post-type', 'core');
add_action( 'admin_menu', 'my_remove_meta_boxes' );

additionaly, you will have to hide #edit-slug-box with css or javascript. see: Loading External Scripts in Admin but ONLY for a Specific Post Type?

To disable quick edit:

function my_remove_actions( $actions, $post ) {
    if( $post->post_type == 'my-post-type' ) {
        unset( $actions['inline hide-if-no-js'] );
    return $actions;
add_filter( 'post_row_actions', 'my_remove_actions', 10, 2 );

To change the preview link, you could use the filter 'preview_post_link', but it works only when the post has not yet been published. So, the solution would be to remove the submit meta box and add your own modified one:

function my_replace_submit_meta_box() {
    remove_meta_box('submitdiv', 'my-post-type', 'core');
    add_meta_box('submitdiv', __('Publish'), 'custom_post_submit_meta_box', 'my-post-type', 'side', 'core');
add_action( 'admin_menu', 'my_replace_submit_meta_box' );

function custom_post_submit_meta_box() { // a modified version of post_submit_meta_box() (wp-admin/includes/meta-boxes.php, line 12)
  • Thanks so much. Been searching for the answer to this for ages! Also, is there a way to change where the Preview button in the Publish box links to? I'd like it to link to mysite.com/video?id='id of post' or open up a lightbox with a video player
    – fxfuture
    Sep 28, 2010 at 5:07
  • Hi again - actually I can't get either of those bits of code you supplied to work. The permalink metabox just disables saving changes to the permalink rather than hiding it, and I can't disable the Quick Edit link at all. Any ideas?
    – fxfuture
    Sep 28, 2010 at 6:40
  • I edited my answer. I just tested the quick edit code ad it works. You are talking about the quick edit link below the post name on: wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=sis_course, right?
    – sorich87
    Sep 28, 2010 at 7:07
  • Great, I'll have a look at the additional info you posted. I was able to hide the quick edit by changing 'hierarchical' => false in my custom post type. Doesn't seem to make a difference as I'm using the Post Types Order plugin to order it anyway. Thanks!
    – fxfuture
    Sep 28, 2010 at 7:35
  • Replacing the submit meta box worked perfectly! It actually had to include $post between the brackets in your function - i.e. custom_post_submit_meta_box($post). So that's all three sorted :) There's quite a bit more customizing I want to do to both the list posts and edit post screen - do you know of a reference guide that details how to remove/replace all the different elements?
    – fxfuture
    Sep 29, 2010 at 0:21

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