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I've setup some theme options using this helpful guide as a template. I want to give my editors the option to update these theme options, so I granted the edit_theme_options capability as mentioned here.

However when logged in as an editor I can see the options page, but when I go to save it I get the 'Cheatin uh?' message. I checked the wp-admin/options.php page and the code is:

if ( !current_user_can('manage_options') )
wp_die(__('Cheatin’ uh?'));

So it seems you can't edit options without the manage_options capability, which makes sense. It makes me wonder how you differentiate between general options and theme options. Is there something I've missed?

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You should be posting your data (via <form action="" ...> to your theme options page, rather than to the wp-admin/options.php file. The latter is for the stuff under Settings.

Also, I don't mean to be tossing dirt at anyone in particular, but always take the tips that you read on the web with a grain of salt. This post on the same site, as an example, offers extremely bad advice:


function myblog_shareontwitter($content) {

    print $content; ?>

    <p><a href="http://twitter.com/home?status=Currently reading <?php the_permalink(); ?>" title="Click to send this page to Twitter!" target="_blank">Share <em><?php the_title() ?></em> on Twitter</a></p>

<?php }
add_filter('the_content', 'myblog_shareontwitter');

The above code is completely broken: "the_content" is a filter, WP expects $content to be returned rather than echoed, and WP (not to mention plugins) expect $content to still be around after that function gets called. Moreover, the_title() will return garbage if you're not in the loop; this is problematic in that automatically generating an excerpt outside of the loop will call "the_content".

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Thanks a lot! I'd normally take code I find with more of a pinch of salt, but this was linked to from the Wordpress Codex, so I thought it would have been a good example: codex.wordpress.org/…. Does that mean you have to handle the capability checking and saving of options yourself? – Pabline Feb 7 '11 at 20:05
yep. before saving use current_user_can('edit_theme_options') or whatever the cap you're restricting it to. – Denis de Bernardy Feb 8 '11 at 21:02

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