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Add Post Type Instructions


Add Post Type Instructions allows admins to easily set instructional context for metaboxes and more on pages, posts or custom post types. Currently it supports adding instructional context in the following areas on the add/edit screen:

  • above the title field
  • above the WYSIWYG editor
  • default content within the WYSIWYG editor

and within the following metaboxes:

  • publish
  • author
  • featured image
  • excerpt
  • trackbacks
  • custom fields
  • page attributes
  • categories
  • tags
  • post format
  • discussion
  • comments
  • revisions
  • slug

APTI uses OOP standards to add options only for those metaboxes which are supported for each post type and to execute code only on those pages where it is needed. It works especially well for sites with many custom post types that require content to be entered in a specific way (ie. when a post type requires a specific page template or when the absence of a featured image will break the intended look of a post). Think of any theme or plugin that supports an image slider powered by a required featured image, and you can surely see where APTI can come in handy.

To be clear, APTI does absolutely nothing to the front-end of your site. It simply adds instructional context to the add/edit page/post admin screen so your clients and site editors might better understand how content is to be added.

APTI works with multisite networks and allows users to define settings on a per-site basis.

Coming soon

  • Translations – to submit a translation, please contact the author

APTI will work with drag-n-drop builders such as Visual Composer, but the author cannot recommend its use with them. This will be addressed in a future release.

Suggestions are welcome

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  • Settings page automatically recognizes post types and supported post type features.
  • Non-intrusive instructive text can be easily added to multiple locations for any post type.


Installation from zip:

  1. From wp-admin interface, select Plugins -> Add New
  2. Click Upload
  3. Click “Choose File” and select
  4. Click “Install Now”
  5. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  6. Add instructive text from the settings -> Post Type Instructions admin page

Installation from WordPress Plugin Directory:

  1. From wp-admin interface, go to Plugins -> Add New
  2. Search for “Post Type Instructions”
  3. Click Install Now under the plugin name
  4. Click Ok to install the plugin
  5. Click Activate Plugin once installed
  6. Add instructive text from the settings -> Post Type Instructions admin page


Who does this plugin benefit most?

I wrote this plugin to provide simple assistance for my clients as they publish content. With just a quick look at any metabox, site managers (authors, editors…) can see a clear description of what will happen when they add content to that metabox. I have used this to convey the ideal image size for featured images, explain what tags are, or even add default content to any post type. I have also used this to add consice instructions immediately below the title field on any post type. Hopefully, it will benefit both site admins and site managers.

Does it support Multisite?

Yes. This plugin can be either network activated or activated individually for each site on a network.

How can I delete all data associated with this plugin?

Simply delete this plugin to remove all data associated with it. Deactivating the plugin will keep all plugin data saved in the database, but will not remove it.


September 3, 2016
Absolutely spot on. In spite of not being updated for more than a year, the plugin does exactly what it says. And does it well.
September 3, 2016
This one is working great ! Perfect for dumb customers, beginners. I hope there’ll be an update soon though.
September 3, 2016
what I was looking for. It would be perfect if you could also add custom fields .
September 3, 2016 3 replies
Absolutely fantastic, every design decision is spot on, looks like native WordPress. Options to configure as you need per-post-type and being able to pre-populate the wysiwyg is a great optional bonus. I have a site with multiple post types, many authors and some very specific posting requirements. Following instructions written elsewhere hasn’t proven that effective but I’m confident having instructions directly next to the fields is going to make everything go so much more smoothly.
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Contributors & Developers

“Add Post Type Instructions” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • bug fixes


  • initial production release
  • support for content above title field
  • support for categories, tags, discussion, slug and publish metaboxes
  • more intuitive colors on add/edit screen (from yellow to blue)
  • more appropriate spacing/font sizes on add/edit screen
  • every settings field now resizes
  • renamed “above title field” option to “above WYSIWYG editor”


  • major changes to settings logic
  • performance optimizations, expecially for multisite
  • better multisite uninstallation
  • support for comments and revisions
  • change the_editor_content to default_content for WYSIWYG field
  • add WYSIWYG editor to settings page
  • allow below title field to auto-resize to fit content on settings page

  • update language file

  • remove faulty code until fixed

  • bugfixes


  • restrict settings page to users with manage_options capability


  • initial public release
  • add support for trackbacks and excerpt
  • add more advanced styles to appropriate admin pages
  • better organize plugin code for readability
  • change plugin_slug to better reflect plugin name


  • add support for page attributes, custom fields, author, post formats
  • optimize code for scalability
  • add multisite support


  • initial development release