Easy Inputs

A generic Forms generator for WordPress.

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Step Aside, sprintf(). Here comes something awesome-er.

–» NEW FOR 1.1.0! The WordPress Media Uploader has appeared! «–

By popular demand, the WordPress Media Uploader is now represented in Easy Inputs! See below under the section on “WordPress Fields”

As dependent as a modern WordPress website is on forms and inputs - for settings, post meta data, user meta data and even front end forms - there is no unified way of creating them in WordPress. The result is buggy, error-prone form creation with sprintf()’s and replacing values. Not only buggy and error prone, building HTML form elements “the old fashioned way” is also BORING and SLOW. What if there was a faster, easier way?

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As a solution, this API borrows heavily from CakePHP’s FormHelper to provide a uniform set of methods that will create form fields including WordPress editor windows. In this way, setting up the configuration of a WordPress form or form field feels a lot more like configuring other WP elements such as wp_nav_menu().


To install this API, clone the repository into your /wp-content/plugins directory. There is no need to “activate” this “plugin”. Once the files are in place, simply include them into your project as shown below.


Using the API couldn’t be easier. Simply include the API, instantiate the class and start creating inputs right away!

require_once plugin_dir_path(__FILE__) . '../easy-inputs/easy-inputs.php';
$ei = new EasyInputs([
    'name' => 'testing-easy-inputs',
    'type' => 'setting',
    'nonce_base' => 'A World Become One, of Salads and Sun.',
    'group' => 'FormGroup,Subgroup,Evensubbergroup'

The only two required settings to include are the type and name of the form. type helps define the required elements for the form. name will be used as a prefix to inputs unless otherwise specified and goes into creating our nonces. Since we’re creating a setting, we don’t need to worry about creating the form element. Instead, we can move right on to building our form elements.

As you can see, you can set baseline options that apply to both the hypothetical Form and all of it’s inputs. But we set our nonce base for any future nonces we need to create. We can also set a comma-separated list of nested groups in case we need to organize our data into arrays:


In the event that a given input within a form needs to be held in a different array, we can use the group element on the input as well. See below for further information.

Creating a text input can be as simple as passing the name of the field as follows:

echo $ei->Form->input('my-input');

Want a radio button group? No sweat:

echo $ei->Form->input('my-radio', ['type' => 'radio', 'options' => ['yes' => 'Yes', 'no' => 'No']]);

The above code will output:

<div class="input radio">
    <label for="my-radio">My Radio</label>
    <label class="radios" for="testing-easy-inputs[my-radio]-yes"><input name="testing-easy-inputs[my-radio]" id="testing-easy-inputs[my-radio]-yes" type="radio" value="yes">Yes</label>
    <label class="radios" for="testing-easy-inputs[my-radio]-no"><input name="testing-easy-inputs[my-radio]" id="testing-easy-inputs[my-radio]-no" type="radio" value="no">No</label>

Don’t want that pesky div wrapping your input? No sweat! Simply add 'div' => false to your config array and poof! It’s gone!

Here’s a more involved case. In this instance, we’re also adding a custom label and setting a few HTML attributes for the input. Note that all HTML5 attributes are supported by this API, with just a few listed in this case for brevity:

echo $ei->Form->input('this-input',
		'type' => 'text',
		'label'	=> 'This Input is Awesome!!',
		'group' => 'totally-different-group',
		'attr' => [
			'id' => 'MyInput',
			'class' => 'a series of classes'

Here is the resulting HTML:

<div class="input text">
    <label for="this-input">This Input is Awesome!!</label>
    <input id="this-input" type="text" name="testing-easy-inputs[totally-different-group][this-input]" value="">

WordPress Fields

Easy Inputs also allows you to create WordPress-specific fields such as the Editor or, with v. 1.1.0, the Media Uploader.

Creating an Editor is pretty minimal:


Adding a Media Uploader field takes a bit more work. This new “input” is less of a single input and more of a construct aimed at producing a Media Uploader-compatible form element, as has frequently been requested. The Uploader requires a bit of javascript to get working.

To get started, you will need to include both the WordPress Media Uploader scripts AND your own javascript handler. More by way of explanation than for actual use, I have included a small javascript function that does what your code should. Load it like this:

function enqueue_uploader() {
    wp_enqueue_script('uploader', plugins_url('easy-inputs/inc/js/uploader.js'));
add_action('admin_enqueue_scripts', 'enqueue_uploader');

Now simply add our new “input” where appropriate. Here is a minimal example:

    ['value' => $tile]

The resulting HTML should look like this:

<div class="input uploader"><label for="tile">Tile</label><div class="ei-uploader hide-if-no-js">
    <a title="" href="javascript:;" class="set-image">Set Image</a><br>
    <a title="" href="javascript:;" class="remove-image">Remove Image</a>
    <input type="hidden" id="image" name="Course[tile]" value="">

Easy Configuration

While a simple one-line bit of code can get you a basic form input, most any configuration you might want for your input can also be provided for with the $args argument.



HTML5 Form Elements

Easy Inputs was built to be compatible with all HTML5 form elements including: