I think its probably easier than I think to do this, but currently its beyond me. If there are any plugins out there I'd prefer to start there rather than develop from scratch, but I'll do what I have to do.

I have already created a custom content type called "biblio" that I will use to hold and display Bibliography info. Each entry will contain:

Title: Will re-use page title field
Abstract: Will re-use content field
Tags: Will re-use Tags field
Authors: Custom field (with ability to add multiple)
Date: Custom field
Publication: Custom field
Doc ID: Custom field
Link to external article: Custom field
Keywords: Custom field (with ability to add multiple)

What I need

  1. A way to customize the edit post page for my custom content type to show only specified default and custom fields (may not be needed if I can get #2 below)
  2. A way to be able to bulk edit these in a user friendly way (not using my PHPMyAdmin).

I have tried a number of plugins. One really useful one is Custom Content Type Manager (thanks fireproofsocks, whoever you are). But I still need to be able to do the 2 things I mentioned above.

By way of example there is a great set of plugins next gen gallery plus custom fields for next gen gallery that works how I would like the admin side of my custom content type.

Any info leading to a way to do #1 #2 above would be greatly appreciated.

1 Answer 1


Do not edit core files.



Assuming you have a registered a custom post type called biblio, you can add and remove "stuff" within your functions.php.

For instance this removes some meta boxes from 'biblio'

function remove_default_page_screen_metaboxes() {
 global $post_type;

 remove_meta_box( 'commentstatusdiv','biblio','normal' ); // Comments Metabox
 remove_meta_box('commentsdiv','biblio','normal'); // Comments
 remove_meta_box( 'trackbacksdiv','biblio','normal' ); // Talkback Metabox
 remove_meta_box( 'authordiv','biblio','normal' ); // Author Metabox

you can remove and add meta boxes.



Reference of all default meta boxes Best Collection of Code for your functions.php file

Read this http://justintadlock.com/archives/2010/04/29/custom-post-types-in-wordpress

and this http://wptheming.com/2010/08/custom-metabox-for-post-type/


By 'bulk edit' what exactly do you want to bulk edit? You screenshot shows what is called custom columns, you can add or remove these using the Wordpress API http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Action_Reference/manage_posts_custom_column

An example http://shibashake.com/wordpress-theme/add-admin-columns-in-wordpress

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    +1 on the "Do not edit core files!" Dec 29, 2010 at 2:07
  • Thanks so much! I consider #1 to be answered! With regard to #2 thanks for the links. And that plugin looks useful if I want to display read-only data. What I'd like is for there to be open fields there instead of read only data. I'm not a super strong coder so not sure how to do that. Thanks! Dec 29, 2010 at 3:14

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