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[resolved] can I control where the UI appears on the post-editor screen? (7 posts)

  1. scormeny
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Sorry for having a n00b question. I am working with a custom plugin that was written for me by a developer several years ago. The plugin includes a box on the post-editor screen where a user can enter the values for the plugin's use on the web site.

    How can I edit the plugin to place the box where I want it to appear? Right now it's at the bottom of the main section of the screen. I guess I'd like it to appear immediately below the title, or in the sidebar immediately below the "preview/publish" box.

    Thanks for any advice or links, I appreciate it!

  2. cubecolour
    ɹoʇɐɹǝpoɯ
    Posted 1 year ago #

    try dragging the box by its title bar

  3. scormeny
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks for the reply! First, that's not working -- probably a sign of how old the plugin code is. Second, i want it in an established place for all the current and future editors of the site, so if I could just get it to, on first viewing, show up where I want it, that's the preferred functionality.

    If you've got any other thoughts, that'd be great. Thanks again.

  4. cubecolour
    ɹoʇɐɹǝpoɯ
    Posted 1 year ago #

    if you cannot rearrange the position of metaboxes, there may be a plugin issue. Try dragging one of the metaboxes after deactivating all plugins. If it works, reactivate them one-by-one & retest until you find which plugin caused the problem. Then you would have an indication of what would need to be fixed. It may or may not be your custom plugin causing this.

  5. scormeny
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Again, to be clear, I have no interest in drag-and-drop capability, just in sticking the darn box where I want it via the plugin's native state. Thanks anyway for the advice.

    If you've got any links to plugin writing articles or support that deal with how to determine where on the post-editing page the plugin's stuff shows up, that would be awesome! Thanks.

  6. cubecolour
    ɹoʇɐɹǝpoɯ
    Posted 1 year ago #

    If the ability to drag & drop metaboxes is not working, it indicates that something is broken. If that problem was addressed, you should be able to position the metaboxes exactly as you wish without any further coding.

    Documentation on adding metaboxes is at: http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/add_meta_box the $context & $priority parameters determine where the meta boxes appear.

    The tutorial at http://wp.smashingmagazine.com/2011/10/04/create-custom-post-meta-boxes-wordpress/ may help

  7. scormeny
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks again -- great reference links, I appreciate it!

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