Simple Content Templates


Custom Post Types, Custom Fields, Tags, Categories, Featured Images: if you need any of these, you should check out our pro plugin, Advanced Content Templates: Advanced Content Templates

Many bloggers use a similar format for each of their posts. WordPress doesn’t provide a native way to pre-fill your new posts with default content. This plugin provides the simplest solution to this problem. It takes 5 minutes to install and setup. The templates allows you to define a title, post body, and even an excerpt.


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Version History

Version 2.1.0

  • Complete re-write. No uses same code base as Advanced Content Templates for an improved user experience, and easier code maintainance for our team.

Version 2.0.16

  • Fix upgrade menu item bug that causes menu to show up for non-privileged users.

Version 2.0.15

  • Change menu permission to edit_others_pages so that editors can manage Simple Content Templates.

Version 2.0.14

  • Fix one more menu related issue with Subscriber role.

Version 2.0.13

  • Change role requirement to manage_options from edit_dashboard so Subscribers and other low permission users can’t see SCT menu or modify settings.

Version 2.0.12

  • In my clean up of the last release, I forgot to apply the fixes to the template editor, which caused some abnormalities. I apologize!
  • Warning: Tiny MCE isn’t a fan of PHP. If you need to do php tags in text view, switching to the Visual view will cause them to be commented out. I’d work in one view or the other.

Version 2.0.11

  • Tighten up HTML parsing with PHP. May make PHP parsing more strict at the expense of fewer HTML template problems.
  • Fix issue loading template manually on page post type.

Version 2.0.10

  • Renamed plugin to Simple Content Templates. This should be a better description of what the plugin actually does!
  • Fixed bug with editing an existing template where HTML was loaded improperly into editor.

Version 2.0.9

  • Sort templates alphabetically.

Version 2.0.8

  • Properly handles the WordPress propensity to add quotes to all request data.

Version 2.0.7

  • Disables that horrible ‘feature’ known as magic_quotes_gpc, if it is enabled (< PHP 5.4 only).


  • Fixed PHP eval handling.


  • UTF-8 support!

Version 2.0.6

  • WYSIWYG editor for post content.
  • Reformatted settings page.
  • Now uses singleton pattern.
  • Added a few shameless plugs for Advanced Content Templates

Version 2.0.5

  • Bug fixes.

Version 2.0.4:

  • Sacre bleu! A change in the way WordPress handles plugin updates 3 major releases ago prevented upgrades from 1.x to 2.x from working. This should be fixed with this release. So sorry for the confusion!

Version 2.0.3:

  • Fixed bug where HTML in templates messed up templates layout.
  • Fixed bug with 1.x to 2.x migration script. Previous versions did not work at all.

Version 2.0.2:

  • Fixed bug that prevented proper use of HTML in templates.

Version 2.0.1:

  • Fixed error in upgrade process. Should import old templates no matter what, now. Error in logic prevented this.

Version 2.0:

  • NEW! Add / maintain multiple templates.
  • Rewritten from the ground up to support OOP coding techniques, and the latest WordPress methods.


  • Fixes blank excerpt problem
  • Fixes deprecated options page syntax.
  • Sorry for taking so long to update this.


  • Fixes problem with blank excerpts.

Version 1.1:

  • You can now specify a default excerpt in your template (in case you wanted to)
  • Rewrote backend to use standard supported methods and less hacking.
  • Completely fixed issue with template content breaking “Insert Template” button. Contents is now encoded to HEX and decoded upon insert.
  • Removed upgrade option for legacy versions. I never received any feedback on this feature and suspect it was rarely used, if used at all.
  • Redesigned admin panel for aesthetic and informational purposes. Now includes PHP examples and considerations.


  • Fixed security issue. Now only Administrators can access admin pages.

Version 1.0:

  • Moved all settings to administration pages under Settings -> Simple Content Template.
  • Moved content of template and title to WordPress options.
  • Provided upgrade mechanism to convert old templates to the new format. (May not work for all applications. Some may work but may be more complex than neccessary.)
  • Added optional “Insert Template” button to new post page. You can now determine from the settings page whether or not the template will be automatically applied to all new posts.
  • Plugin is now upgrade proof. Settings are stored using WordPress’s setting functions.
  • Various other improvements were made to address inefficiencies in the first version.

Version 0.1:

  • Original release.


  • The meta box in the post/page editor.
  • The settings view.
  • The templates view.


Does it support multiple templates?

As of version 2.0, yes!

Does it work with pages?


Can it work with custom post types?

For custom post type support and much more, please check out Advanced Content Templates

Can feature x be added?

At this point, Simple Content Templates is feature complete. You can get extra features by buying our pro plugin: Advanced Content Templates

Can Simple Content Template specify default custom fields?

For custom fields and much more, check out Advanced Content Templates


Templates Deleted


Amazing plugin. Updated the plugin today and all my templates have been deleted!! Not happy

Worked great until update, then deleted all my templates


I began using this as a replacement for an older, similar plugin that hadn't been updated in forever, and for the most part, it did its job with only a couple of nuisances: (1) The irritating upgrade button that was positioned so that half the time I hit it instead of the load button. They seem to have changed this slightly with the last update, though. (2) When loading a template, instead of it simply filling in the post, it actually opens an entirely new post. If you get ahead of yourself and have already entered the post title, the old post ends up in the trash with that title. Why is that a problem? Because now you will have two posts with the same title -- one in trash and one you will presumably publish, and since they have the same title, the permalink for the one you publish will be /my-new-post-2 instead of /my-new-post (since that one's already taken). If you like clean permalinks, you'll have to delete the one in the trash, reset the permalink on your new post, and then publish. Unfortunately, this plugin doesn't seem all that reliable anymore, since the latest update completely deleted all my templates. I've republished a couple, but I think I'll see if there's a similar plugin out there that won't wipe out my work in the future.

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