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  • I use a custom field hack to make a given post’s permalink go to an external link (sort of like Daring Fireball’s linked list). In order to do this, I have to set a custom field value for each post with the external link. The problem is that I’m trying to post via email (using Jetpack) and I don’t see a shortcode to set a custom field value. If Jetpack doesn’t work, is there any other way to do this? Thanks in advance!

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  • You would need to provide a great deal more information to get anyone to be able to assist with this.

    For question on Jetpack, visit:

    Thanks for the response and sorry for my slow reply — I just noticed it now. What information do you need? I basically setup my blog to allow for any given post’s permalink to link to an external link (similar to Daring Fireball’s linked list) when the post is intended to be a link to something cool I found rather than my own original work. You can take a look at what I mean by visiting my site (the post titles with the arrow at the end are links that go to external sites).

    I set this up by following these steps:

    Basically, I set a custom field value in the post with the external link URL, and the permalink will then link to that instead of the “single” view of my post.

    I would love to post using Jetpack’s “Post by Email” feature, but there’s no way for me to set a custom value in the email, so that would require me to login to my WordPress dashboard after each post and set the custom value myself. I was wondering if there was any way to add a shortcode tag to the Post by Email feature so that I could set custom field values directly from the email.

    Friendly bump just in case anyone has any ideas? Thanks in advance!

    Check this plugin. Its called CF Setter and it lets you define custom fields from the body of an email.

    Followed the instructions on this page.

    Include the following short code on the body of the email:

    [cf]value_to_insert_in custom_field[/cf]

    It inserts the value in the custom field in worpress when posting by email.

    To display the field I used the following short code on the template file:

    <!-- Display Custom Field -->
    	$myname = get_post_meta($post->ID, ‘custom_field_name, true);
    	if ( $myname ) {
    <h3 ><?php the_meta(custom_field_name) ?></h3>
    <?php }
    else {
    <!-- End Display Custom Field -->

    It evaluates if the field is empty and then shows results.

    Substitute custom_field_name for the name of your Custom Field Name

    It works like a charm! Hope it works for you guys!

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