I am using wordpress3.5, I need to write post information to a file after I publish a post successfully.

What I am not know is

  1. When I click Publish button, what function wordpress invoke to save the post to mysql table wp_posts. I dive into wordpess's code ,found many many php file include.

  2. If I want to do more action, what should I do. For example, I want to write the post information to a file.

Thanks very much.


There are a number of hooks you can use, such as publish_post or save_post, e.g.:

// an example of a post save hook
add_action( 'save_post', 'diligents_post_save_hook' );
function diligents_post_save_hook( $post_id ) {
    //verify post is not a revision
    if ( !wp_is_post_revision( $post_id ) ) {
        // do things


save_post will fire on publish and update, so be aware it will fire on saving of drafts etc. publish_post will run on publish, keep this in mind as it will not fire on update.

Saving data to a file is a step I cannot cover, as it is not a WordPress question, but a standard PHP question. For details on writing, reading, and saving to files, reference PHP.net


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