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  • Hi,

    I am using a front-end form to allow visitors to create a custom post type. I would like to give them the option to schedule the post rather than post it right away.

    Does anyone know if scheduling posts is possible with the ACF Front-end form?

  • The documentation for pre_save_post is here. http://www.advancedcustomfields.com/resources/acf-pre_save_post/

    You need to create a date selector field. Then in the pre_save_post function you get the value that is submitted. It will be in the array $_POST['acf'], then you can use this value to set the post_date when creating the new post.

  • Hi,

    Thanks so much for the response. I apologize I am not very advanced with using php.

    This is what my current form looks like:

    
    <?php acf_form_head(); ?>
    
    <?php /* The loop */ ?>
    			<?php while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>
    
    				<?php 
    				
    				
    		
    				acf_form(array(
    				
    					'post_id'		=> 'new_post',
    					'post_title' => true,
    					'new_post'		=> array(
    						'post_type'		=> 'shareable',
    						'post_status'  => 'future' ,
    
    						
    					),
    					'submit_value'		=> 'Create post'
    				
    
    				)); ?>
    
    			<?php endwhile; ?>

    I am unclear on how to use the function acf-pre_save_post to set the post date variable.

    I have a datepicker field added formatted like Y-m-d. Would the below code work with my form added above <?php acf_form_head(); ?> at the top of my template?

    <?php
    
    function my_pre_save_post( $post_id ) {
    
        // check if this is to be a new post
        if( $post_id != 'new' ) {
    
            return $post_id
        }
    // The date picker field
    $postdate = get_field('schedule_post');
    
        // Create a new post
        $post = array(
            'post_status'  => 'future' ,
            'post_date'  => '$postdate' ,
            'edit_date' => 'true'
        );  
    
        // insert the post
        $post_id = wp_insert_post( $post ); 
    
        // return the new ID
        return $post_id;
    
    }
    
    add_filter('acf/pre_save_post' , 'my_pre_save_post', 10, 1 );
    
    ?>
  • The first thing you need to do is move acf_form_head(); to before get_header(); http://www.advancedcustomfields.com/resources/acf_form/

    Then in functions.php

     
    add_filter('acf/pre_save_post' , 'shareable_pre_save_post', 10, 1 );
    function shareable_pre_save_post($post_id) {
      // check if this is to be a new post
      if ($post_id != 'new_shareable') {
        return $post_id;
      }
      // The date picker field
      // change field_563657f49b4d9 to the field key of your date field
      $postdate = date('Y-m-d H:i:s', strtotime($_POST['acf']['field_563657f49b4d9']));
      
      // Create a new post
      $post = array(
        'post_type' => 'shareable',
        'post_title' => $_POST['acf']['_post_title'],
        'post_status'  => 'future',
        'post_date'  => $postdate
      );  
      
      // insert the post
      $post_id = wp_insert_post( $post ); 
      
      // return the new ID
      return $post_id;
    }
    

    Then in your template where you want to show the form

    
    $args = array(
      'post_id'    => 'new_shareable',
      'post_title' => true,
      'field_groups' => array(3498), // change to ID of the field group to show
      'submit_value'    => 'Create post'  
    );  
    acf_form($args);
    
  • Thanks so much for taking the time to help me out! The above solution worked perfectly.

    My only question now is, could I show a different “Submit” button conditional on whether or not a date was selected. For example if a date is selected show “Schedule” button, if not show “Create Post” button?

    I’ll see if I can figure this out.

    Thanks so much again for the great support.
    Daniel

  • That’s something that I don’t know. It would take some custom javascript and I haven’t done much with javascript for ACF.

  • I struggled to get John’s code to update the post date. It seems that if you are setting the post_status to draft or pending, then you also need another argument: “edit_date”.

    $args = array(
    	'post_status'   => 'pending',
    	'post_date'     => date( 'Y-m-d H:i:s', $date_timestamp ), // Eg: "2016-10-15 00:00:00"
    	'post_date_gmt' => date( 'Y-m-d H:i:s', $date_timestamp ), // You want this particularly when the post already exists, or the GMT date will be wrong
    	'edit_date'     => true // Must be true, prevents WordPress for "clearing" the post date for drafts and pending posts.
    );

    In addition, the pre_save_post hook MIGHT pass a post ID. To prevent the possibility of duplicate posts being added (especially if you hook in to this more than once), then you should support an existing ID. It’s easy:

    if ( $post_id ) {
    	// Update a post that was already inserted
    	$args['ID'] = $post_id;
    	wp_update_post( $args );
    }else{
    	// Insert a new post
    	$post_id = wp_insert_post( $args );
    }
    
    return $post_id;
  • I cannot manage to get this working whatsoever…. hopefully someone can assist. Perhaps things have changed in the last 8 years and there is a better way to do this?

    Here’s my code to display my form:

        <?php acf_form(array(
            'post_id'       => 'new_post',
            'id' => 'new-email',
            'new_post'      => array(
                'post_type'     => 'emails',
                'post_status'   => 'future',
                'field_groups' => array(1091),
                'post_title'    => true
            ),
            'return' => '',
            'submit_value'  => 'Add new email'
        )); ?>

    Not sure if I have the field_groups ID correct or not. Not sure how to retrieve that. Is that the “post id” of the field group?

    Here’s my functions file code:

    add_filter('acf/pre_save_post' , 'emails_pre_save_post', 10, 1 );
    function emails_pre_save_post($post_id) {
      // check if this is to be a new post
      if ($post_id != 'new_emails') {
        return $post_id;
      }
      // The date picker field
      // change field_563657f49b4d9 to the field key of your date field
      $postdate = date('Y-m-d H:i:s', strtotime($_POST['acf']['field_emails_email_scheduled_date']));
      
      // Create a new post
      $post = array(
        'post_type' => 'emails',
        'post_title' => $_POST['acf']['_post_title'],
        'post_status'  => 'future',
        'post_date'  => $postdate,
        'edit_date' => true
      );  
      
      // insert the post
      $post_id = wp_insert_post( $post ); 
      
      // return the new ID
      return $post_id;
    }
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