I have installed Advanced Custom Fields 4.0.1 and created a new Field group containing a single field called preamble. I would like to position this new field before the editor in the posts edit screen. It seems like all custom fields always are added after a posts ordinary fields.

A solution wouldn't be to drop the custom fields created with ACF and use ordinary custom fields.

  • This will only be a duplicate if the OP is willing drop ACF for a regular post meta, otherwise the solution here is jQuery.
    – brasofilo
    Apr 4, 2013 at 10:58
  • No, I'm not able to replace the ACF with regular post meta. Yes, I have figured out how to achive this by using jQuery, but I was wondering if there was a way to do it using only php and built in wordpress functions? Apr 4, 2013 at 13:34

4 Answers 4


This can be solved using this nice snippet and edit_form_after_title hook. But I haven't tested what happens when more than one meta box exists. With a single ACF field (position:normal, style:no-metabox) it works:

add_action( 'edit_form_after_title', 'pre_title_metabox_wpse_94530' );

function pre_title_metabox_wpse_94530() 
    global $post, $wp_meta_boxes;

    do_meta_boxes( get_current_screen(), 'normal', $post );

    unset( $wp_meta_boxes['post']['normal'] );

And if it has to be solved with jQuery, adjust subtitle_text to your Field Name:

// Add hook to Edit and New post
foreach( array( 'post.php', 'post-new.php' ) as $hook )
    add_action( "admin_footer-$hook", 'move_acf_to_title_wpse_94530' );

function move_acf_to_title_wpse_94530()
    // Check post type
    if( 'post' != get_post_type() )

    <script type="text/javascript">
        jQuery(document).ready( function($) 
            $( '#acf-field-subtitle_text' ).css( 'width', '100%' );
            $( '#acf-subtitle_text' ). insertAfter( '#titlewrap' );
  • This is brilliant, just what I was looking for. I would recommend specifying to paste this into functions.php in the theme for those lesser experienced WP developers, like me! Thanks for the answer.
    – goose
    Jun 22, 2017 at 18:24
  • Word of caution - remove this if upgrading to the pro version of the plugin. It will cause issues! It was adding a second form on the group fields edit page and nothing was saving.
    – goose
    Sep 2, 2017 at 14:59

I've checked into this a bit. I looked at the ACF source. The plain fields that ACF uses are still actually meta boxes. ACF is just using CSS to make them look like more generic fields. They are still being handled as meta boxes by WP (do_metaboxes action).

To add plain fields to other parts of the edit form, you'll need to use the appropriate hooks. More hooks on the edit screen:

add_action( 'edit_form_after_title', 'myprefix_edit_form_after_title' );
function myprefix_edit_form_after_title() {
    echo '<h2>This is edit_form_after_title!</h2>';

add_action( 'edit_form_after_editor', 'myprefix_edit_form_after_editor' );
function myprefix_edit_form_after_editor() {
    echo '<h2>This is edit_form_after_editor!</h2>';

add_action( 'edit_form_advanced', 'myprefix_edit_form_advanced' );
function myprefix_edit_form_advanced() {
    echo '<h2>This is ye olde edit_form_advanced!</h2>';

There is a native solution provided by ACF nowadays. You can set the position of your group of fields. By default it's set to "Position : High (after title)" but you can change it when you edit your group of fields.


With thanks to @brasofilo for the initial answer.

I only needed to move one fields before the editor field. Instead of all additional the fields.

This is how i fixed it:

add_action( 'edit_form_after_title', 'pre_title_metabox_wpse_94530' );

function pre_title_metabox_wpse_94530()
    global $post, $wp_meta_boxes;

    if ($post->post_type == "event"){

        // store current fields
        $tmp_wp_meta_boxes = $wp_meta_boxes;

        // isolate one field
        $excerpt = $tmp_wp_meta_boxes['event']['normal']['core']['postexcerpt'];
        $wp_meta_boxes = ['event'=>['normal'=>['core'=>['postexcerpt'=>$excerpt]]]];

        // render isolated field
        do_meta_boxes( get_current_screen(), 'normal', $post );

        // restore field without
        $wp_meta_boxes = $tmp_wp_meta_boxes;
        unset( $wp_meta_boxes['event']['normal']['core']['postexcerpt'] );

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