How to Add Publish and Delete Buttons to the Frontend of WordPress Posts

Your site may be set up in such a way that posts need to be approved. It may be that they don’t need to be approved, but it allows contributed posts that you may need to delete. Publishing and deleting articles in these cases can get annoying really quickly. You have to check for pending post son the backend, then preview it in the frontend, then publish it in the backend. Deleting also involves having to go back in the backend.

Publish Button

 

Code in the Functions File

The first thing you need to do is put the following code in your functions.php file (Appearance > Editor > Theme Functions – functions.php):

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You can change the text on the Publish button by changing the value in value=”Publish”.

The code above has the Publish button only appear for Administrators. If you want to allow lower level users, like Editors, to see and publish posts you’ll need to change the “manage_options” part of the following code snippet to the necessary capability:

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If, for example, you wanted to allow Editors to use the Publish button, you would change it to this:

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For a list of capabilities, refer to this site.

Code Where You Want the Button

Now you need to place the following code where you want the button to appear. This will usually be in the single.php file. (Appearance > Editor > single.php)

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The single.php file may call another file, so you can also put it in this other file, if applicable.

The theme dictates the look of the button. It may look like this:

Or like this:

 

Or completely different. It just depends on the theme.

CAUTION: THE BUTTON DOES NOT CHANGE AT ALL AFTER YOU CLICK IT. THERE IS NO CONFIRMATION THAT IT HAS BEEN POSTED. This is basically a link.

Delete Button

 

Code in the Functions File

The first thing is to place the following code in your functions file (Appearance > Editor > Theme Functions – functions.php):

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Code Where you Want the Button

Now you need to put the code in the theme file where you want the button to show up. It’s probably best to put this one in the single.php (Appearance > Editor > Single Post – single.php) file again, above where the content of the post begins. Just paste the following code wherever you decide:

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The <p> tags give the button space above and below it. It should look like this:

 

(Info from: wpmu.org, wpmu.org)