For my custom settings field, I am looking to insert it right after the Site Address (URL) field in the General settings page.

I'm able to add the custom field sucessfully using the add_settings_field(). Be default, it add the custom field at the bottom. Using jQuery, I was able to display my custom field after the Site Address (URL):

add_action( 'admin_footer', 'wpse_243810_admin_footer' );
function wpse_243810_admin_footer() {
    <script type="text/javascript">

However, it looks like the following instead:

Looking at the code, it inserts my custom field within the Site Address field's <tr> element. How get I have it inserted outide of it instead? Below are the seperate code snippets of each field.

    <th scope="row"><label for="home">Site Address (URL)</label></th>
        <input name="home" type="url" id="home" aria-describedby="home-description" value="http://example.com" class="regular-text code">
        <p class="description" id="home-description">Enter the address here if you <a href="//codex.wordpress.org/Giving_WordPress_Its_Own_Directory">want your site home page to be different from your WordPress installation directory.</a></p>

This is the custom field that my plugin generates which I want ot insert after:

    <th scope="row">Protocol Relative URL</th>
            <legend class="screen-reader-text"><span>Protocol Relative URL</span></legend>
            <label for="remove_http">
            <input name="protocol_relative" type="checkbox" id="protocol_relative" value="1" checked="checked">Do not apply to external links
            <p class="description">Only the internal links will be affected.</p>

Figured it out by using the following jQuery function. The #protocol_relative is the field I am inserting and #home-description is the field I am inserting it after:

add_action( 'admin_footer', 'insert_field' );
function insert_field() {
    # Insert the settings field after the 'Site Address (URL)'
    ?> <script type="text/javascript">
    jQuery( '#protocol_relative' ).closest( 'tr' ).insertAfter( jQuery( '#home-description' ).closest( 'tr' ) );
    </script> <?php

I think that this is not possible without modifying the core-files. We only have one time do_settings_fields and do_settings_sections in the options-permalink.php between line 226 and 232 for the optional section.

    <?php do_settings_fields('permalink', 'optional'); ?>

<?php do_settings_sections('permalink'); ?>

<?php submit_button(); ?>

The WordPress functions add_settings_field and add_settings_section are using the settings api. In the core files are the do_settings_fields and do_settings_sections functions which will add custom fields or sections (which u added with this api). These are required to place anything in a page. Also these functions are only placed (hardcoded) in the options section of the permalink page. You dont have an access-point in the geneal section like for the options section.


You might just be missing the add_settings_section before add_settings_field. This works, and saves the field to an option, but I might button up that portion. I just wanted to hook earlier than the checks in options-permalink.php.



add_action('admin_head', function(){

    // Create a section after the permalink

        'permalink_relative_setting_section_options',           // id
        __( 'Protocol Relative URL', 'textdomain' ),            // title
        'premalink_relative_setting_section_callback_function', // callback
        'permalink'                                             // page

    // Add a field to the section

        'permalink_relative_settings_field-id',          // id
        '',                                              // title
        'permalink_relative_settings_field_callback',    // callback
        'permalink',                                     // page
        'permalink_relative_setting_section_options',    // section
        array( 'some_arg' => 'For use in the callback' ) // args



function premalink_relative_setting_section_callback_function( $args ) {

    // Echo SECTION intro text here

    echo '<p>id: ' . esc_html( $args['id'] ) . '</p>';                         // id: eg_setting_section
    echo '<p>title: ' . apply_filters( 'the_title', $args['title'] ) . '</p>'; // title: Example settings section in reading
    echo '<p>callback: ' . esc_html( $args['callback'] ) . '</p>';             // callback: eg_setting_section_callback_function


function permalink_relative_settings_field_callback( $args ) {

    $options = get_option( 'permalink_relative_setting_section_options' );

    $html = '<input type="checkbox" id="relative_checkbox" name="permalink_relative_setting_section_options[relative_checkbox]" value="1"' . checked( 1, $options[ 'relative_checkbox' ], false ) . '/>';

    $html .= '<label for="relative_checkbox">Do not apply to external links</label>';

    echo $html;


add_action( 'init', function() {

    // If permalink structure is detected, let's update our option before the page can act

    if ( isset( $_POST[ 'permalink_structure' ] ) || isset( $_POST[ 'category_base' ] ) ) {

        check_admin_referer( 'update-permalink' );

        $options = get_option( 'permalink_relative_setting_section_options' );

        $options[ 'relative_checkbox' ] = ( isset( $_POST[ 'permalink_relative_setting_section_options' ][ 'relative_checkbox' ] ) && $_POST[ 'permalink_relative_setting_section_options' ][ 'relative_checkbox' ] === '1' )
            ? '1' // checked
            : '';

        update_option( 'permalink_relative_setting_section_options', $options );
} );


If you look at https://github.com/WordPress/WordPress/blob/master/wp-admin/options-permalink.php#L178 there aren't any hooks to do what you want you want.

Consider jQuery's manipulation methods like detach and insertAfter which you could utilize in the admin_footer.

jQuery('<h1>Protocol Relative URL Form!</h1>').insertAfter('.form-table.permalink-structure');
  • Thanks for giving it a go. Unfortunately, after playing around with your code, it still adds a section to the bottom of the permalinks page, rather than a custom field after the Common Settings section. I've update my question with another alternative that I'm willing to take. – Ethan O'Sullivan Oct 25 '16 at 6:29
  • Sorry about that. I must have glossed over where you wanted it. Have you considered jQuery in the admin_footer to move it exactly where you want? That could save you a lot of effort in the long run. – jgraup Oct 25 '16 at 6:36
  • I was thinking about that after I updated my option. Honestly, the end result is what matters, I'm open to whatever option is needed to achieve that goal. – Ethan O'Sullivan Oct 25 '16 at 6:49
  • Well, by admin_footer, I think I just mean enqueue scripts or inline them in the footer to trigger the form field shuffle after the page loads. – jgraup Oct 25 '16 at 6:53

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