I have a custom post type 'Participant' with many custom fields. I also have a form with corresponding input fields for the user to fill out. When he submits the form, I want a new post to be generated with each custom fields containing the value chosen by the user.

Is it possible to do and if so, how?

3 Answers 3


Use wp_insert_post() and add_post_meta(), like this:

// insert the post and set the category
$post_id = wp_insert_post(array (
    'post_type' => 'your_post_type',
    'post_title' => $your_title,
    'post_content' => $your_content,
    'post_status' => 'publish',
    'comment_status' => 'closed',   // if you prefer
    'ping_status' => 'closed',      // if you prefer

if ($post_id) {
    // insert post meta
    add_post_meta($post_id, '_your_custom_1', $custom1);
    add_post_meta($post_id, '_your_custom_2', $custom2);
    add_post_meta($post_id, '_your_custom_3', $custom3);
  • Works as charm even on WordPress 4.4.2 :) !
    – jave.web
    Commented Apr 11, 2016 at 6:12
  • nowadays, you can simply add meta fileds via the meta_input key in wp_insert_post: 'meta_input' => ['_your_custom_1' => $custom1, '_your_custom_2' => custom2]
    – Andreas
    Commented May 21, 2019 at 11:08
  • Good point @Andreas, I suggest that you add that as a new answer and let it start getting up votes. It should be the answer now.
    – webaware
    Commented May 21, 2019 at 22:48
  • Thx @webaware :)
    – Andreas
    Commented May 22, 2019 at 23:58
  • Works as charm even on WordPress 5.1 :) ! Commented Jun 6, 2019 at 4:43

In addition to the great answer of @webaware above, this can be handled since wordpress 4.4.0 all via the wp_insert_post call:

$post_id = wp_insert_post(array (
    'post_content' => $content,
    'post_title' => $title,
    'post_type' => 'your_custom_post_type',
    'post_status' => 'publish',

    // some simple key / value array
    'meta_input' => array(
        'your_custom_key1' => 'your_custom_value1',
        'your_custom_key2' => 'your_custom_value2'
        // and so on ;)

if ($post_id) {
    // it worked :)


This can be achieved quite easily using the Gravity Forms plugin. You can build a form which populates a Custom Post Type in the backend. This post can be set to appear as a draft or as published. No problem adding custom fields. In my case, I used it to gather client testimonials.

  • I like this solution, especially if you're delivering it to a client that wants to manage the form themselves.
    – webaware
    Commented Dec 26, 2012 at 23:42

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