I am learning how to use AJAX in the admin for a new plugin I am writing. In the PHP I have the function:

function ppmhnh_add_location(){
    global $wpdb;
    $values = array();
    parse_str($_POST['form'], $values);
    $sql = "INSERT INTO ppm_hoopsandhits_locations VALUES ('{$values['locale']}', '{$values['locale_city']}', '{$values['locale_state']}')";
    echo "Added successfully!";

The javascript uses this:

        $('#btnAddLocation').attr('disabled', true);
        data = {
            action: 'ppmhnh_new_location',
            form: $(this).serialize()

        $.post( ajaxurl, data, function(response){
            $('#btnAddLocation').attr('disabled', false);
        return false;

If I echo $sql in response, I get the correct SQL statement

INSERT INTO ppm_hoopsandhits_locations VALUES ('100 Midtown', 'Atlanta', 'GA')

However nothing is being added to the table.

Also, I would prefer just to refresh the part of the admin page where the table is displaying all of the values of the table rather than the whole page but I haven't figured that out yet.

Any help is appreciated!


Please use the available API - as you have it in your question I could take down your entire site in a second. (I wrote this tutorial on Data Sanitization and Validation - the last section is particular relevant to you).

As for it not inserting the data, you should check WP_DEBUG is turned on, and also print what $wpdb->query( $sql ) responds. But in any case, its much better (safter & neater) to do the following:

      'locale' => $values['locale'], 
      'locale_city' => $values['locale_city']
      'locale_state' => $values['locale_state']
    array( '%s', '%s', '%s' )  

where the 'locale', 'locale_city', etc are the name of the columns.

Also if this is for public release you should prefix your table name with $wpdb->prefix so that there aren't problems when multiple wordpress installs are present in the same database.

  • I had tried to use the $wpdb->insert and got the white screen of death, so I changed it to the code above. I will read your article and make the changes. One clarification -- the table is prefixed as ppm_ and not wps_ like the wordpress native tables. If I use $wpdb->prefix, how will it know to change the value to "ppm-"?
    – jgravois
    Jun 12 '13 at 19:50
  • I changed the code as instructed and the data is now saved (YEAH!!!) and on page refresh, the table is updated. Any thoughts on not refreshing the whole page???
    – jgravois
    Jun 12 '13 at 21:19

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