I made some research and found a way how to create custom pages using content (post) types. However, I do not want to create a new post type, I just want to create a page having a certain URL (/form) with a form on it. I was not able to find how to do it without custom post types. Can someone show me the correct direction? Thanks a lot.

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    I'm not sure I understand. Why can't you just go to Pages > Add New, create a page called "Form" and put your form on it? If you needs something more than that you'll need to be more specific with your question. May 21, 2019 at 15:36
  • Because I want to do it programmatically. It's in the title. I do not need to explain why do I need to do it that way.
    – petiar
    May 22, 2019 at 15:49
  • Can someone clear up what is wrong with this question? It is perfectly clear what I want to achieve (create a page programmatically, not via admin interface, obviously - it's right in the title!) and I also made my effort to try to find it out, however, no luck. An accepted answer bellow proves that the question is perfectly alright. Obviously, most of the WP "developers" just know how to click mouse and install plugins.
    – petiar
    May 22, 2019 at 21:15

2 Answers 2


You can use wp_insert_post() function with 'after_theme_setup' action hook to programatically create pages. Here is a short example,

add_action( 'after_setup_theme', 'create_form_page' );
function create_form_page(){

    $title = 'Form';
    $slug = 'form';
    $page_content = ''; // your page content here
    $post_type = 'page';

    $page_args = array(
        'post_type' => $post_type,
        'post_title' => $title,
        'post_content' => $page_content,
        'post_status' => 'publish',
        'post_author' => 1,
        'post_slug' => $slug

    if(post_exists($title) === 0){
        $page_id = wp_insert_post($page_args);


Install a form plugin. Contact form 7 is a good one : https://en-au.wordpress.org/plugins/contact-form-7/

Create a form using the plugin.

Create a normal WP page and add your form to it by pasting the contact-form-7 shortcode into the page.

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    Noticed the word "programmatically" in the question title?
    – petiar
    May 21, 2019 at 18:18
  • So "How to programmatically create a page with a form in WP?" not "How to create a page with a form programmatically in WP?" Jun 9, 2019 at 16:04
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    A bit more like "programmatically as in using lines of codes instead of clicking things in a graphical user interface". Installing a plugin, using the graphical user interface of said plugin, then copy pasting stuff in yet ever more user interfaces is not programmatic, at least in regard to its general usage. Jun 27, 2023 at 19:47

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