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I am writing my first plugin and to access/save options I follow codex.wordpress.org/Creating_Options_Pages I basically copied the example from 'See It All Together' in a separate file mhomepage_admin_menu.php

The main code of the plugin goes like

if ( is_admin() ){ // admin actions
    add_action('admin_menu', 'add_plugin_admin_page' );
    add_action('admin_init', 'register_mhomepage_settings' );

} else {
  // non-admin enqueues, actions, and filters

function register_mhomepage_settings() { // whitelist options
  register_setting( 'mhomepage_option_group', 'left_right_margin_option' );
  register_setting( 'mhomepage_option_group', 'top_margin_option' );
  register_setting( 'mhomepage_option_group', 'include_comments_option' );

function add_plugin_admin_page($plugin_name) {
    add_menu_page( 'mHomePage', 'mHomePage', 'manage_options', 'mhomepage/mhomepage_admin_menu.php', '', '', 6 );


and the beginning of mhomepage_admin_menu.php looks like

<div class="wrap">
<h2>Your Plugin Name</h2>

<form method="post" action="options.php">
    <?php settings_fields( 'mhomepage_option_group' ); ?>
    <?php do_settings( 'mhomepage_option_group' ); ?>
    <table class="form-table">

I have to questions

  • Q1: how to fix the error?
  • Q2: what is the correct file name in <form method="post" action="options.php">? Is that mhomepage_admin_menu.php?
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You have not provided a callback function for your page in the add_menu_page call, it should reference a function to execute when that page is requested. You've registered a slug for the page(4th param), but no function to call(5th param - it should refer to a function and not a file - even though you've included neither in the above code). – t31os Aug 18 '13 at 13:04
Additionally, that is_admin conditional at the top of your code is not required, those actions only run on the admin end, so the conditional is unnecessary. – t31os Aug 18 '13 at 13:06
A quote from codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/add_menu_page : $menu_slug (string) (required) The slug name to refer to this menu by (should be unique for this menu). If the function parameter is omitted, the menu_slug should be the PHP file that handles the display of the menu page content This part is working fine, not sure what you are pointing out here. – Radek Aug 18 '13 at 23:32
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Q1: [H]ow to fix the error?

Stop calling the do_settings() function in this line. It is not a WordPress function and it is apparently not a function that you have defined. Perhaps you meant to use one of these functions.

<?php do_settings( 'mhomepage_option_group' ); ?>

Q2: [W]hat is the correct file name in <form method="post" action="options.php">?

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Q2: if I used your code I get The requested URL /wp-admin/mhomepage/mhomepage_admin_menu.php was not found on this server. The php file is in the plugin directory. – Radek Aug 18 '13 at 6:07
Q2: If I use simply options.php I can save :-) I will accept your answer if you update it ... – Radek Aug 18 '13 at 6:10
Okay. Thank you. – Charles Clarkson Aug 18 '13 at 6:26

Check WP Error Fix plugin http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-bug-tracker/. It can fix this type of error automatically. I'm using it and it works great.

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A bug-tracking plugin isn't the solution to fix something, it just do the detection. – Mayeenul Islam Oct 29 '13 at 13:16

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