About Forms

With TypeRocket "Forms" you can update or create posts, users, terms, comments, options and your own custom resources.

"Forms" are used in conjunction with "Fields" to interact with TypeRocket "Controllers" and "Models".

Models and Controllers

There are seven controllers included with TypeRocket: PostController, PageController, UserController, CommentController, CategoryController, TagController and OptionController. These controllers use the WordPress API to create and update resources. By using “Forms” to interact with controllers you are able to perform two of these actions: create, update, and delete.

There are also seven models included with TypeRocket: Post, Page, User, Comment, Category, Tag and Option. These models correspond to controllers and are used by the Form to populate fields with their values.

Creating a Form

To create a form you need to instance a new Form object. tr_form() can be used to create an instance.

$form = tr_form()

Auto Resource

Defining a resource tells the Form what Controller and Model you plan to use.

When you instance a new Form it automatically tries to find the correct resource for your context. It detects if you are working from within a post, user's profile, comment, term or custom page.

By default:

  • Post context uses PostController and Post
  • Page context uses PageController and Page
  • User context uses UserController and User
  • Comment context uses CommentController and Comment
  • Category context uses CategoryController and Category
  • Tag context uses TagController and Tag
  • Custom page context uses OptionController and Option

For custom resources, custom post types, and custom taxonomies you will need to create new controllers and models. However, if a custom post type does not have a defined model and controller it will use PostController and Post.

Specify a Resource

You can specify what controller, action, and item you want the From to interact with.


Take a look at instancing a From that is configured to update a post with the ID of 4.

$form = tr_form('post', 'update', 4);


Or, you can configure it to work with options. Options do not need an ID specified because the wp_options table is a key value store. Also, for options using update and create do the same action; so, you don’t need to set the action.

$form = tr_form('option')


When creating a resource like a user, you don’t need to set an ID because there is no resource yet.

tr_form('user', 'create');


Another example: Creating a From to update a comment of ID 24 is simple.

tr_form('comment', 'update', 24);

Working inside existing HTML forms

When you instance a Form you do not create an HTML <form> element immediately; nor do you want to.

For example, you might be creating Fields only. Take a scenario where this is the case; when adding fields to a custom post type through a MetaBox or setTitleFrom().

In the case of a custom post type an HTML <form> is already created for you on the post edit page. All you want to do is add Fields. You do not need to create a <form>; nor should you. You cannot have a <form> inside a <form>.

Take a look at an example From inside a custom post type, "book", where this is the case.

    $form = tr_form();
    echo $form->text('Author');

Here you created a custom post type called “book” and added a text field called “Author”.

Because you are in the context of “post” the Form object automatically sets the controller to “posts” and configures the action and ID for you too.

When you are on the post edit page, WordPress already created a <form> element and you do not need to create one.

Opening and closing your own form element

You will not always be working inside another <form>. In the case of a custom admin page you will want to echo an opening <form> element.

Use the open() method of the Form object to get the opening tag and close() to get the closing tag.

$form = tr_form('post', 'create');
echo $form->open();
echo $form->close();

This will output the configured <form> element.

<input type="hidden" name="_method" value="POST" />
<input type="hidden"

Adding a submit button

To quickly add a submit button you can specify a string as a parameter in close()

$form = tr_form('post', 'create');
echo $form->open();
echo $form->close('Submit');

When you submit a form request using TypeRocket, it will send the request the the TypeRocket REST API using AJAX.

Changing the open element defaults

The open() method for the Form object takes two arguments.

  1. array - You can change the form element attributes by passing an array.
  2. boolean - You can disable AJAX and the REST API by setting the argument to false.

Take a look at adding a new attribute and disabling the REST API.

$form = tr_form('post', 'create');
echo $form->open(array('id' => 'custom'), false);
echo $form->close('Submit');
<form action="/" method="POST" id="custom" data-method="POST">
<input type="hidden" name="_method" value="POST">
<input type="hidden"
<input type="submit"
       class="button button-primary">


A form's most powerful feature is the fields it can bind model properties too. There are a number of built-in field types that come out of the box and you can create your own if you like.


There are 23 different Fields that the Form object can create:

  1. text()
  2. password()
  3. hidden()
  4. submit()
  5. textarea()
  6. editor()
  7. radio()
  8. checkbox()
  9. select()
  10. wpEditor()
  11. color()
  12. date()
  13. image()
  14. file()
  15. gallery()
  16. items()
  17. matrix()
  18. repeater()
  19. builder()
  20. search()
  21. toggle()
  22. links()
  23. locaton()

Each field takes four arguments, except for field():

  1. Name - string (required) - This will be the name of the field.
  2. Attributes - array - This will be the HTML attributes applied to the field.
  3. Settings - array - This will be custom settings that can vary between fields.
  4. Label - boolean - This is not the label text. Set false to disable the label.

You can read more about each field under field types.


The field() method takes one argument:

  1. Field - Field - This is any Field object including custom ones that you create.

Every time you call one of the field methods from the From object a Field object is returned. All return a TypeRocket\Fields\Field object of their Class.

$field = new TypeRocketFieldsText('Name', $form);


Debug Status

You can control whether the From shows code hint but using the method setDebugStatus(). You can set the value to false to disable code hints for the form.


You can also get the debug status.

$status = $form->getDebugStatus();

Populating Fields

By default, forms will populate fields with the data that is saved to their corresponding resource and ID. You can keep fields from being populated by using the method setPopulate().


You can also get the population settings.

$populate = $form->getPopulate();


TypeRocket forms have some standard HTML formatting. Take a look at the output of a basic text field: $form->text('Name').

<div class="control-section typerocket-fields-text">
    <div class="control-label">
        <span class="label">Name</span>
    <div class="control">
        <input type="text" name="tr[name]" value="">

Set render mode

The Form object has a setting called render that can be set to raw. When the setting render is set to raw the fields instanced by the Form will not include any extra HTML.

echo $form->text('Name');
<input type="text" name="tr[name]" value="">

This gives you total control of the design when you need it.

Get render mode

You can also get the render mode by using the method getRenderSetting().

$renderMode = $form->getRenderSetting();


There are five methods for dealing with Form settings.

These methods are: getSettings(), setSettings(), getSetting(), setSetting() and removeSetting().

  1. getSettings() returns the full array of settings.
  2. setSettings() takes an array of settings.
  3. getSetting() return an setting by its key.
  4. setSetting() sets an setting by a key.
  5. removeSetting() removes an setting by its key.

Take a look at using all the methods.

$args = $form->getSettings();
$args = array_merge( $args, array( 'render' => 'raw' ) );
$form->setSettings( $args );
$render = $form->getSetting( 'render' );
$form->removeSetting( 'render' );
$form->setSetting( 'render', $render );


There are times when you want to have fields grouped together when being saved. A great case for this is when you are saving data to wp_options using the OptionsController.

Take a look at this Form.

$form = tr_form('option');
echo $form->open();
echo $form->text('Address');
echo $form->text('Company Name');
echo $form->image('Company Logo');
echo $form->textarea('About the Company');
echo $form->close('Submit');

If you were to submit this form it would save each field to a separate row in the wp_options table. This might be exactly what you want. It most cases it is not.

This is were grouping comes into play. You can group fields together with the Form method setGroup(). This method will group all the fields together so that only one row is created in wp_options. When it is saved the key will be the group name.

Take a look at grouping.

$form = tr_form('option');

// setting the group

echo $form->open();
echo $form->text('Address');
echo $form->text('Company Name');
echo $form->image('Company Logo');
echo $form->textarea('About the Company');
echo $form->close('Submit');

Note: Groups can not be nested or used in matrix, repeater or builder fields. Also if a field has a group set it will override the from group.

Getting the group

You can also get the current group being used with the method getGroup().

$group = $form->getGroup();

Dot Syntax

Groups and sub groups should be set to a string using the TypeRocket "dot syntax". The TypeRocket dot syntax suggests that you use only lowercase case letters and underscores. When you use a dot this tells the form to add a sub group.


Example 1: No dots


The above translates to,

<input name="tr[company_info][name]" />

Example 2: With dots


The above translates to,

<input name="tr[company_info][about][name]" />


As we talked about in the very beginning “Forms” are used in conjunction with “Fields” to interact with TypeRocket Controllers and Models through the resource property.

You can set the Form resource only when the Form is instanced. However, you can get the resource with getResource at any time.

$resource = $form->getResource();


Actions are the methods called by the Controller when a form is submitted. You set the "Action" only when you instance the Form. But, you can also get the action with getAction at any time.

$action = $form->getAction();

Item ID

The item ID is the resource identifier. This is typically the post, comment or user ID. You can set the Form item ID with setItemId() and get the item ID with getItemId.

As with property, controllers and actions have the same rules applied to them.

$itemId = $form->getItemId();

Using Resource, Action and Item ID together

Take a look at a quick example of instancing a Form with a resource, action and item ID together.

if( current_user_can( 'read' ) ) {
    $form = tr_form('user', 'update', get_current_user_id());
    $form->text('Github Handle');
    $form->close('Save Changes');

Field Rows

In some cases, you will want fields side by side. For this use the row() method.

$form->row( $form->text('First Name'), $form->text('Last Name') );

Row Columns and Titles

You can also add columns and titles to form rows.

$form = tr_form();
    echo $form->row(
        $form->column($form->text('First'), $form->text('Last'))->setTitle('A title'),
    )->setTitle('A Row');
    echo $form->row(
        $form->column($form->text('First'), $form->text('Last')),
    )->setTitle('A Row');

Use Old

When using a custom resource you can load the old data submitted if the user with redirected with fields included.



To override how and to what URL as form is submitted call the useUrl() method. The useUrl() method takes two arguments:

  1. $method - A string with post, put or delete.
  2. $url - The URL of the domain to submit the request to.

This method is great when making forms for the front-end of your site.

$form = new Form('post', 'update', 1);
$form->useUrl('put', '/posts/1/edit/'); // override


You can tell forms to use the TypeRocket JSON API as well with the useJson() method. This method will also enable AJAX mode for the form.