Devin Walker is a San Diego based entrepreneur, developer and designer.

How to Remove WP-Types’ Annoying “How-to Display Custom Content” Meta Box

Posted on Aug 6, 2012 in Web Development | 9 Comments
Update 3/15/13: WP Types has now included a setting to turn off the annoying metabox without needing to touch code. Thanks be to the plugin authors but please disable the ‘Help Box’ by default… it’s not helping anyone.

1. Log into your WordPress Admin panel

2. Click on Types > Settings


3. Click the “Don’t show help box on any custom post type editing screen” in the General Settings metabox


You should now be enjoying WP Types without any advertisements that annoy clients and end users.

Continue with this article if you are still having issues with the metabox

I often have to create custom post types for client’s websites.  Rather than coding each by hand (which would take much longer), I use the WordPress Types plugin.   This is a great plugin and has many features.  Originally I was using Custom Post Types UI but the UI isn’t top-notch and the functionality isn’t as polished as WP Types.

The “How-to Display Custom Content” Metabox

WP Types Annoying Meta Box

Recently, I updated my Types plugin and found a new meta-box added to the admin side (screenshot to the right).  The meta box isn’t added to just a single post type, it’s added to all over them.  Even more annoying… right?

Ok, this should be easy enough to remove… I know there’s an option to disable it.  Guess again.  I searched the options and didn’t find any display toggle.

Next step: Google.  Unfortunately, I didn’t see much there either except this forum post which leads to another post with the supposed answer, but it didn’t matter anyways because you have to create an account to view the entire discussion.  Seriously I hate that… at least show us the discussion and we’ll sign up if we want to chime in.

After reading the forum topic above it looks like the metabox is present regardless of the user’s permission. This means that your non-admin users are also seeing this message. No bueno.

[The Meta Box] is being displayed for users that don’t have access to the Views admin menu, so they shouldn’t be able to create a new view or view template.

– christopher (dude from Types’ forum topic)

For those of you who want to know how I removed the metabox, here you go. No sign-ups required.

Removing the Meta Box

Here’s a function I developed for you to drop into your theme’s functions.php (or custom functions plugin). This will effectively remove the ‘wpcf-marketing’ meta box that is added by the WP Types plugin.

Refresh your posts, pages and CPTs and you shouldn’t see anymore metabox. This function works to remove other meta boxes as well. Just duplicate the remove_meta_box function, inspect the meta-box for the ID and replace the ‘wpcf-marketing’ ID with that of the meta box you’d like to remove. Have any questions or comments, leave them below!


  1. anthony
    August 31, 2012

    Thanks for posting this. You have helped at least one person now, so it’s worth it. Much appreciated.

  2. john
    October 1, 2012

    Make that two people. Much thanks.

  3. Paul
    October 2, 2012

    Ahhh… Thank you!

  4. eaglejohn
    December 21, 2012

    Thank you very much!

  5. Dorival
    March 6, 2013

    Great post, simple and effective!

    It’s sad to know that Types (a great plugin) turned into an “adware” to push their paid complements.

    • Devin Walker
      March 6, 2013

      Yeah, they have actually included an option in settings to turn off this annoying ad now… I’m going to update this article soon.

  6. Ryguy
    March 15, 2013

    I was about to gives types and views a go, I would have totally ran into this and spent good time trying to figure it out, too… Thanks!


    Ps. I found this post on the first page of google for the term ‘wp types views’ so whatever you’re doing, keep it up. <>

    • Devin Walker
      March 15, 2013

      Hey I’m glad it worked out for you!

  7. bongs100
    October 17, 2013

    Thanks for this function! It helped me.