I have created an 'event' custom post type and now I want to create a page that will allow users to create a custom post type from the front-end. Is there a standard way of doing this? I could create a template and then link it to a page that I create manually in the wordpress backend, but I would rather do it programatically if possible. Any suggestions?

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So you want to allow people to create posts from the front-end? Sure...

In this answer here I explain a very basic way in which you can achieve this very thing, front-end posts to a post type of your choice.

Here is a basic example of what you might include in your template file to do so;

(please see original answer for further details)

if ( 'POST' == $_SERVER['REQUEST_METHOD'] && !empty( $_POST['action'] ) && $_POST['action'] == "my_post_type") {

//store our post vars into variables for later use
//now would be a good time to run some basic error checking/validation
//to ensure that data for these values have been set
$title     = $_POST['title'];
$content   = $_POST['content'];
$post_type = 'my_custom_post';
$custom_field_1 = $_POST['custom_1'];
$custom_field_2 = $_POST['custom_2'];    

//the array of arguements to be inserted with wp_insert_post
$new_post = array(
'post_title'    => $title,
'post_content'  => $content,
'post_status'   => 'publish',          
'post_type'     => $post_type 

//insert the the post into database by passing $new_post to wp_insert_post
//store our post ID in a variable $pid
$pid = wp_insert_post($new_post);

//we now use $pid (post id) to help add out post meta data
add_post_meta($pid, 'meta_key', $custom_field_1, true);
add_post_meta($pid, 'meta_key', $custom_field_2, true);

<!-- language: lang-html -->
<form method="post" name="front_end" action="" >
<input type="text" name="title" value="My Post Title" />
<input type="text" name="content" value="My Post Content" />
<input type="text" name="custom_1" value="Custom Field 1 Content" />
<input type="text" name="custom_2" value="Custom Field 2 Content" />
<button type="button">Submit</button>
<input type="hidden" name="action" value="my_post_type" />

This example is void of any error checking, validation and sanitization. This just exemplifies how to take form data and store it into a post type.

  • using your method, I would create a page manually in the WordPress back-end and associate it with a template file?
    – William
    May 20, 2013 at 19:18
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    Yes, the above code can be placed in a custom template file or any existing theme template file. If it's the former, then you can create a page in the dashboard/backend and associate your newly created template with that page. Alternatively you could name the template file page-{slug}.php and that will automatically be used when viewing the page of 'slug' name, for example if you created a page called submit, then you could name your template page-submit.php, otherwise you can set the template from within the post edit screen. Also include get_header/footer calls in your template.
    – Adam
    May 21, 2013 at 5:42
  • stupid question: what is $_SERVER['REQUEST_METHOD'] for?
    – William
    May 21, 2013 at 14:51
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    Holds the, server request method, such as if it was a GET request or a POST request, etc. In this instance we are checking to make sure that the request method is a POST request (i.e. someone is actually submitting the form for real).
    – Adam
    May 21, 2013 at 14:57

I've done a handful of projects that utilize something like this, and here's my preferred solution:

  1. Create a new php page template within your theme.
  2. Use PHP to display a form that passes submitted values to itself, and posts the new data using the WordPress XML-RPC API. Normally, I'd create a new user that can only submit drafts to avoid auto-publishing spam or incorrect details.
  3. Create the page/URL where the post will be displayed and use the file you created in #1 as your custom template.
  4. Optional: Depending on the complexity of your form and the user interaction you intend to implement, you might also need to setup custom query variables.

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