Is it possible to enable a second content area in the edit screen if a certain template is chosen?

I have seen plugins like the second section plugin but that enables it for all pages I would like to only have the second section if a certain page template is chosen for a page.

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You could add a metabox for your second content section, then hide it with a bit of javascript if the current template isn't a specific template:

current_template = jQuery('#page_template').val();
if( current_template != 'my-special-template.php' ){

then bind a function to the change event of the template dropdown and show it when a specific template is selected:

    selected_template = jQuery(this).val();
    if( selected_template == 'my-special-template.php' ){
  • Thanks that is a nice idea, my only concern would be users without JavaScript on.
    – Lee
    Sep 9, 2011 at 8:05
  • @Lee - without javascript the only way to do it would be to require that they select a template then save the post before they're able to see the additional content section. the visual editor doesn't work and there's no way to add images to a post without js anyway.
    – Milo
    Sep 9, 2011 at 14:46
  • |Good point I will try it out and see how I get on - thanks :)
    – Lee
    Sep 9, 2011 at 15:38

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