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I'm looking for an action hook to link my function to when a completely new post is created with a status of pending?

I'm aware of 'save_post' and others but want to target specifically when a post is new.

Found this on a previous question:

add_action('new_to_publish', 'your_function');
add_action('draft_to_publish', 'your_function');
add_action('pending_to_publish', 'your_function');

but could do with something like new_to_pending or similar?

Any suggestions would be great!

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There's the following (/wp-includes/post.php - line 2985):

do_action( 'transition_post_status', $new_status, $old_status, $post )

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hmm interesting! I'l look into this, thanks – daveaspinall Jul 6 '11 at 14:00
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Funny, I found this whilst searching for the same question over three years later.

I thought I'd answer this incase I find it again in another three years...

Take a look at the docs here

The action you need is:


So for an event post type:

function pendingPost($post)
   // do something... 
add_action('pending_event', 'pendingPost', 10, 1);
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