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So, I need to add a custom options page, and based on as many tutorials I could find, I came up with the following code to create an officers & chairs options page for my group, mainly, so I can write more advanced stuff for my site. The code is here:

add_action('admin_menu', 'composit_settings_page');

function composit_settings_page()
    add_options_page('Officers & Chairs', 'Officers & Chairs', 'manage_options', 'officers_chairs', 'composit_settings');

function composit_settings()
    $actives = get_users('role=contributor');
    $actives = array_merge($actives, get_users('role=editor'));
    $actives = array_merge($actives, get_users('role=administrator'));

$positions = array(

    <div class="wrap">
        <div id="icon-options-general" class="icon32"><br></div>
        <h2>Officers & Chairs</h2>

        <form method="post" action="options.php">
            <?php settings_fields('officers-chairs'); ?>
            <?php foreach($positions as $position):
                    register_setting('officers-chairs', $position, 'intval');
                  endforeach; ?>
            <table class="form-table">
                    <?php foreach($positions as $position): ?>
                        <tr valign="top">
                            <th scope="row">
                                <label for="<?= $position ?>"><?= ucwords($position) ?></label>
                                <select name="<?= $position ?>" id="<?= $position ?>" class="regular-text">
                                    <?php foreach($actives as $active): ?>
                                        <option value="<?= $active->ID ?>" <?php if(get_option($position) == $active->ID) { ?> selected <? } ?>><?=$active->first_name . " " . $active->last_name ?></option>
                                    <?php endforeach; ?>
                    <?php endforeach; ?>
            <p class="submit"><input type="submit" name="submit" id="submit" class="button button-primary" value="Save Changes"></p>

However, when I go to save that, I get the following error:

ERROR: options page not found.

I feel completely dumb for not being able to figure this out, but the official documentation hasn't really helped me at all.

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

The problem part is this line:

<form method="post" action="options.php">

This sends your form to wp-admin/options.php (and I guess you're not sending the form from this URL). Leave the action value empty like this:

<form method="post" action="">

And your form will send itself to the same page from which it was sent. Then you can save the settings accessing $_POST variable before outputing

<form method="post" action="options.php">...

Hope this helps...

PS: you should also consider using wordpress nonces. Eg. https://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/wp_nonce_field

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Save settings before output? Know the function off hand?And there is a wpnonce field in there once the page actually outputs. update_option(). We'll see if this works. – Jeremy Dentel Mar 6 '13 at 16:37
Not sure I understand this answer. The options page is defined by a function. You have to run through validation before saving and the saving should be a separate function. – AlxVallejo Jun 6 '13 at 17:54

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