When is the best time for what action should be used to add a meta box that acts as a shortcode generator in the sidebar?

I am still not sure.

Thank you.

To add a meta box that acts as a shortcode generator in the sidebar, you can use the add_meta_boxes action hook in WordPress. This hook allows you to add custom meta boxes to the post editor screen.

Here’s an example code snippet that you can use as a starting point:

// Add the meta box to the post editor screen
add_action( ‘add_meta_boxes’, ‘add_shortcode_generator_meta_box’ );

function add_shortcode_generator_meta_box() {
‘Shortcode Generator’,

// Define the content of the meta box
function shortcode_generator_meta_box_callback() {

Use this shortcode to display something:


This code will add a meta box with the title “Shortcode Generator” to the sidebar of the post editor screen. It will display a simple message and a shortcode input field that users can use to generate shortcodes for their posts.

You can modify the shortcode_generator_meta_box_callback function to generate more complex shortcodes as needed. The important thing is to wrap the content of the meta box in a function and pass it to the add_meta_box function to display it in the post editor screen.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any further questions.