i would like to add an image above the post title... in the old days i would change that directly in wordpress code but thats not very affective.. you know, upgrades and such.

is ther a way using add_meta_box or some othere way to add a box directly above the post title?

tried this Priority of Meta Box for Custom Post Type

BUt that didnt work.. help Please :)

  • if you are concerned with upgrades, and the theme is suitable for it, create a child theme and change the code there.
    – Michael
    Commented Sep 4, 2011 at 21:59
  • I think he means in the admin area? Commented Sep 4, 2011 at 22:14

2 Answers 2


The only real chance you got is to hook into admin_notices, which is above the post-new.php page title & icon:

function  wpse27700_above_title_content()
    You might need to attach some styles here,
    to not get into the admin notices styles 

    <p>This is a test message</p>

// This is needed to only hook on the post new & edit screens.
function wpse27700_admin_head()
    add_action( 'admin_notices', 'wpse27700_above_title_content', 9999 );
add_action( 'admin_head-post-new.php', 'wpse27700_admin_head' );
add_action( 'admin_head-post.php', 'wpse27700_admin_head' );
  • i See there is now use of add_meta_box... But, This works beautifuly!! thanks a lot @kaiser
    – Sagive
    Commented Sep 6, 2011 at 12:07

My answer is assuming you mean in the admin area on the post editing screen.

Unfortunately there are no hooks to add things above the title.

I did track down a (very hacky?) way to do this, however, by looking at the code for Premise (a landing page plugin by Copyblogger Media).

Hook into something like dbx_post_sidebar, which is below all the post editing stuff and metaboxes. Echo out your image with a style attribute containing display:none;

add_action( 'dbx_post_sidebar', 'wpse27700_add_image' );
function wpse27700_add_image() 
    echo '<img id="wpse27700-image" src="http://placebear.com/500/100" alt="wpse27700 bear" style="display:none;" />';

Then using jQuery you can remove the image and place it above the title. I just hooked into admin_head to do this, but you can also enqueue a separate js file or whatever.

add_action( 'admin_head', 'wpse27700_admin_head' );
function wpse27700_admin_head()
    <script type="text/javascript">
            var wpse27700 = jQuery('#wpse27700-image');
            jQuery('#titlediv #titlewrap').before(wpse27700.show());

Not the most direct solution, but it works. As a plugin: https://gist.github.com/1193612

  • 1
    I bet your fingers hurt a little when typing that. This same user posted on a blog post of mine asking the same question. It's unfortunate that there is no hook above the title to add something. I, too, made the suggestion of using JS to place the element. I felt really dirty about it though.
    – tollmanz
    Commented Sep 4, 2011 at 22:38
  • I wonder if he was looking for a different answer this time around? Commented Sep 4, 2011 at 22:50
  • You did @tollmanz ? sorry, i think i search for the "notify my on comments" button and didnd find an option (sorry if i am mistaken:) )
    – Sagive
    Commented Sep 6, 2011 at 11:47

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