I have the following serialized data in a wp option a:2:{s:5:"Title";s:11:"your title";s:7:"Message";s:20:"Hola testing testing";}

I would like to return it to be used in a form, and show it also in the front end, I tried

<?php echo get_option('notice_data[Message]'); ?>

this is the array

$notice_data = array(
    'Title' => '',
    'Message' => ''
add_option("notice_data", 'Default', '', 'yes');

I am creating a plugin that have a settings page with two forms that save the data in the wp option in order to be used by the jquery function inside a js file, here is part of the settings page;

<textarea name="notice_data[Title]" id="notice_data" />
<?php echo get_option('notice_data[Title]'); ?>
<tr valign="top">
<th width="92" scope="row">Body Message</th>
<td width="406">
<textarea name="notice_data[Message]" id="notice_data" cols="40" rows="10" />
<?php echo get_option('notice_data[Message]'); ?>

I am also localizing the script to fetch the data saved in the wp option to be used inside a jquery function that shows the messages when certain conditions are met, so how do I fetch the serialized data?

  • 3
    "But it wont work" ... is no proper Error description. :)
    – kaiser
    Commented Jul 11, 2013 at 17:46

1 Answer 1


No, this won't work:

<?php echo get_option('notice_data[Message]'); ?>

Because get_option pulls whole option value by option_name, it doesn't pull by pieces of the serialized array. What you are asking for is a key (option_name) called literally notice_data[Message]. Assuming you've saved the option as notice_data you aren't going to get a match, and I am not even sure if brackets are supported in the option name. I've never tried.

What you need is...

$notice_data = get_option('notice_data');
echo $notice_data['Message'];

You said that you are "localizing the script". so for use by jQuery/Javascript you'd do something like this (almost completely cribbed from the Codex):

$notice_data = get_option('notice_data');

wp_enqueue_script( 'some_handle' );
$translation_array = array( 
    'notice_data' => $notice_data['Message'] 
wp_localize_script( 'some_handle', 'object_name', $translation_array );

Your Javascript should have access to it as object_name.notice_data.

  • but how do you show it in jQuery, I am using something like + notice_data + Commented Jul 11, 2013 at 21:57
  • it isnt working for me mate, it returns null, but when i dump the array, the data is in there, no idea what the problem is Commented Jul 13, 2013 at 14:35
  • What exactly returns null? Where do you dump the data?
    – s_ha_dum
    Commented Jul 13, 2013 at 14:37
  • localizing returns null /* <![CDATA[ */ var lu_ban_object = {"title":null,"msg":null}; /* ]]> */ </script> Commented Jul 13, 2013 at 14:56

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