<?php add_meta_box( $id, $title, $callback, $page, $context, $priority, $callback_args ); ?>

$id is the html ID attribute of the box. This is useful if you're loading custom CSS or Javascript on the editing page to handle the options. Otherwise, it doesn't really matter all that much.

$title is displayed at the top of the meta box.

$callback is the function that actually renders the meta box. We'll outline this in step 2.

$page is where you want the meta box to be displayed. This should be a string with 'post' or 'page' or 'some_custom_post_type'.

$context is where you want the meta box displayed. 'normal' puts it below the post editor. 'side' moves the meta box to editing screen's right sidebar (by the categories and tags, etc). 'advanced' also put the box in the same column as the post editor, but further down.

$priority tells wordpress where to place the meta box in the context. 'high', 'default' or 'low' puts the box closer to the top, in its normal position, or towards the bottom respectively. Since all meta boxes are drag-able, $priority is not a huge deal.

Finally $callback_args lets you pass data to your $callback function in the form of an array. We're not going to use this here, but it could be useful for passing some data to the meta box. Say, if your plugin had several options that influenced what was displayed in the meta box. You could pass those options values through the $callback_args array.

Example 1:

add_action( 'add_meta_boxes', 'cd_meta_box_add' );
function cd_meta_box_add() {
    add_meta_box( 'my-meta-box-id', 'My First Meta Box', 'cd_meta_box_cb', 'post', 'normal', 'high' );
  • web_development/wordpress/meta-boxes.txt
  • Last modified: 2020/10/09 03:54
  • by jimboobrien