WordPress Screencast Tutorial: Post Edit Panel Hack

May 14th, 2008 @ 2:38pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Due to my frustration over missing a few categories in recent posts, I cried out on Twitter this morning about how I’m not too keen on the new placement of the Categories box in the latest version of WordPress. Kulpreet Singh (who presented at WordCamp) came to the rescue with his hack to the edit-form-advanced.php, posted here.

I have to say, it worked beautifully but something I didn’t mention in the screencast above was that in Kulpreet’s notes he removed the “Related” tab to make room for the Categories on the right sidebar. What I have now done is add the code back into the PHP file for “Related” although I customized it so it will only show me the “View Drafts” button.

These are things I use all the time so I’m not missing out at all by completely removing the “View all tags” button (found within the “Related” tab).

The customization went smoothly, only took a few minutes, and I’m really pleased that I have now optimized my Post Editing page. Tinkering of this magnitude is not advised for those who have never before worked with PHP files, I highly recommend this trick as long as you make sure to back up your original files.

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    1. Hi Rebecca,

      Do you remember at WordCamp someone said “There’s a plugin for everything?”

      go figure… :)


      It might have some differences with what I’ve done but the concept is the same.



    2. Janice says:

      Wow thanks for posting this up. I missed having the categories on the side too. Will try this out on the weekend. Hope the customization will go as smooth as yours. :)

    3. Miss604 says:

      Oh well, this is how I learn things – by getting my hands dirty :-) Very cool, thanks for everything.

    4. Hi Rebecca (and readers),

      An update – Peter Keung has taken the above plugin and my work and made a new plugin which you can get here:


      I would recommend non-coder users of WordPress to use the plugin instead because it’s easier and it should be more consistent across different versions.

    5. Lloyd Budd says:

      I only use a category or two, for me I’m more interested in seeing how the tag field feels in the sidebar.

      At one stage in development of 2.5 the sidebar moved down the page with the scrolling. I thought that was useful too.

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    10. thanks for sharing rebecca. You made some good points there. its easy to learn.
      your website is great. a lot information can i get from here :)

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