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I'm reading into the save_post Codex and I find that you need to check the $_REQUEST['post_meta_data'] in the edit window to hook into save_post.

I altered the example code:

function av_subscribe_set_parent($post_id){
/* in production code, $slug should be set only once in the plugin,
   preferably as a class property, rather than in each function that needs it.
$slug = 'page';

/* check whether anything should be done */
$_POST += array("{$slug}_edit_nonce" => '');
if ( $slug != $_POST['post_type'] ) {
if ( !current_user_can( 'edit_post', $post_id ) ) {
if ( !wp_verify_nonce( $_POST["{$slug}_edit_nonce"],
                       plugin_basename( __FILE__ ) ) )

/* Request passes all checks; update the post's metadata */
if ($_REQUEST['_wp_page_template'] == 'av_comment_subscribe.php') {
    update_post_meta($post_id, 'post_parent', 13570);

So basically, I'm checking if the page template is set to my custom template and then altering the post_parent meta data if true.

This is not working.

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You can check the request value, before save and get an hint via wp_die()

add_action( 'save_post','wpse46583_save', 10, 2 );
function wpse46583_save( $post_id, $post ) {

    // verify this is not an auto save routine. 
    if ( defined('DOING_AUTOSAVE') && DOING_AUTOSAVE )

    // You should check nonces and permissions here
    if ( ! current_user_can( 'edit_page', $post_id ) )

    if ( $_REQUEST['page_template'] !== 'page-contact.php' ) {
        // No page template assigned - do something here.
        wp_die( 'wrong template' );


see Gist 3226847

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I get the 'wrong template' error. I also tried with $_REQUEST['_wp_page_template'] with the same error. The template is definitely assigned to the page. Hm – AlxVallejo Aug 1 '12 at 14:07
The template string is really right? – bueltge Aug 1 '12 at 14:49
absolutely, in my case I'm using av_comment_subscribe.php which resides along with all the other child-theme template files. – AlxVallejo Aug 1 '12 at 14:50
Also, I'm confused as to what exactly $_REQUEST is checking. Can it be any metadata? What about for example, 'category'? I'm trying to find a workaround... – AlxVallejo Aug 1 '12 at 17:11
Have you seen via var_dump($_REQUEST) was was inside after save page? – bueltge Aug 1 '12 at 19:23

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