I'd like to create a simple action hook that fires whenever I open a post for editing in the WordPress back-end. What hook(s) can/should I use for this? The action would just be a simple echo command that prints text to the screen (as this is only for testing purposes).


  • Depends on what you want to do. Do you want to echo html code or run a procedure? – Laxmana Apr 27 '17 at 11:43
  • @Laxmana OK that's interesting to know. I was hoping to just echo text right now, as a proof-of-concept test. But indeed my ultimate goal in this experiment is to print to the screen the 'name' attribute of a particular field on the page ('price'), per these instructions: reigelgallarde.me/programming/…. So I guess my ultimate goal is to also echo HTML code. – cag8f Apr 27 '17 at 12:21
  • I see. I think you are asking the wrong question. You should search how to add a custom field to a post type or find a plugin that does that. There is a lot of tutorials over the Internet. – Laxmana Apr 27 '17 at 12:30
  • @Laxmana Yep. Your question made me realize that I actually need to get back to the drawing board on this question. I still learned a little from Rishabh's answer though. – cag8f Apr 27 '17 at 12:36

Don't what you want to do but here is something that I did earlier on editor page of post type.

function wpb_change_title_text( $title ){
    $screen = get_current_screen();

    if  ( 'post' == $screen->post_type ) {                //Specify post type
        $title = 'New Placeholder text will come here ';  //Enter new placeholder text

    return $title;

add_filter( 'enter_title_here', 'wpb_change_title_text' );

This function will change placeholder text of title textbox of any post type, here I am changing text of post (dashboard -> add post).

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  • OK great, that worked as expected. I will use this to continue my testing. We can consider this question answered.start – cag8f Apr 27 '17 at 12:28
  • Here is an another example in which you can add content by default in text area of post type wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/… – Rishabh Apr 27 '17 at 12:41

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