How can i create a direct link to "New post" (/post-new.php), which will create a new post automatically added in specific category?

In other words, i click on the link "new post in category one", then browser opens WP editor, where category "one" is already selected.

Maybe i can somehow do it with information from the URL? Something like this: "/post-new.php?postcategory=one". Don't know is it possible to do.

Thank you!

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Paste the following code into your functions.php file. The wp_terms_checklist_args filter hook will make sure that one or more category is pre-selected and the op_create_selected_cat_post_link() function will help you to create a new post link with pre-selected category ids. The function takes $cats parameter and it can be a single category id or multiple categories ids. You can also pass the link text. The function also checks user login status and user capability.

add_filter( 'wp_terms_checklist_args', function( $args ) {
    global $pagenow;
    if ( is_admin() && 'post-new.php' === $pagenow && isset( $_GET['cat'] ) ) {
        $cat = array();
        if ( is_array( $_GET['cat'] ) ) {
            $cat = array_filter( $_GET['cat'], 'absint' );
        } else {
            $cat = (array) absint( $_GET['cat'] );
        $args['selected_cats'] = $cat;
    return $args;
} );

 * Create a new post link with preselected category
 * @param int|array $cats Preselected category id
 * @return void
function op_create_selected_cat_post_link( $cats, $text = 'Create a new post' ) {
    if ( ! is_user_logged_in() || ! current_user_can( 'edit_posts' ) ) {

    $url = admin_url( add_query_arg(
            'cat' => $cats,
    ) );

    echo '<a href="' . esc_url( $url ) . '">' . esc_html( $text ) . '</a>';
  • 1
    Can you please post same sample link url? I can not get it preselect categories. Apr 4, 2020 at 18:25
  • 1
    @LeeGee I didn't find any deprecated notice in the source. Where did you find that it's been deprecated?
    – obiPlabon
    Oct 3, 2020 at 8:37
  • @obiPlabon - My bad: it is called by wp_terms_checklist despite the note in the Codex saying it is deprecated. Must be another reason this code was ineffective for me. Oct 5, 2020 at 8:14

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