I've got a custom meta box for a custom post type which will be the only metabox I plan to show in the main column (except the native title box). I want to move the native Expert box/field inside my Custom Meta Box.

I'm able to create a field called Excerpt in my Meta Box, however I only know how to save this to the Custom Fields, not the original location that the native Except saves to.

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Just name the field 'excerpt'.


<textarea name="excerpt" id="excerpt"><?php echo esc_html( '$post->post_excerpt' ); ?></textarea> <!-- if it is a textarea field -->


<input name="excerpt" id="excerpt" value="<?php echo esc_attr( '$post->post_excerpt' ); ?>" /> <!-- if it is a text field -->
  • Where can I find the documentation to do this with other metaboxes? I guess I really only need to know the IDs of the other wordpress native metaboxes.
    – matt
    Dec 6, 2010 at 17:21
  • Nevermind, that was a silly question. I just looked at the code in firebug and it was right there.
    – matt
    Dec 6, 2010 at 17:25

This would be a function to update the post_excerpt with a field with the name 'my_custom_field'.

function my_custom_save_function($post_id){
    update_post(array('ID' => $post_id, 'post_excerpt' => $_POST['my_custom_field']));
add_action('save_post', 'my_custom_save_function');
  • I figured it would be done with a hook but I'm wondering why you prefer this approach to the one sorich suggested? His seems a little lighter.
    – matt
    Dec 6, 2010 at 16:11
  • I prefer this way as it seens to me a much cleaner to me and its easier to extend. Normally you gonna add much more fields then just one and then you have to use this hook anyway.
    – Horttcore
    Dec 7, 2010 at 8:13

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