I'm building a plugin and would like to add a dashboard widget with a custom form. In this form, users should be able to edit a list of strings (add, edit and remove items). Is there a WordPress API to do something like that? I already know how to add a dashboard widget, but I don't know how to make a form in a dashboard widget / how to process the data.

The only thing I can think of is to redirect the user to my options page - there must be a neater way. Is there any?


There are two options to use forms in a dashboard widget:

  1. Use the parameter control_callback. See the Codex

        'my_id',            // $widget_id 
        'my_name',          // $widget_name 
        'my_render_widget', // $callback 
        'my_control'        // $control_callback
    function my_control()
        // print some form elements, WordPress will handle the <form> tag.
  2. If you want to use a form in the main display handler, set the form action to admin-post.php and add a callback function for a custom action there. Example. When you are done processing the form redirect back to the dashboard.

  • Great! It works, thanks! I'll accept your answer after a while unless there's a better answer. – Keelan Jun 21 '13 at 9:20
  • (With 'it' I mean the second approach) – Keelan Jun 21 '13 at 9:36

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