I am building a custom plugin for my WordPress site.

I made a php file called "checkrank" that obtains data from a custom table named "cranking".

$uid = $GET['id']; 

function checkExists($id){
    global $wpdb;
    $table_name = $wpdb->prefix . 'cranking';
    $exists = $wpdb->get_row( $wpdb->prepare( "SELECT * FROM $table_name WHERE id = %d" ) );

    $error = $wpdb->print_error();

    if(count($exists) > 0){
       echo 'Exists!';
    } else {
       echo 'Does not exist!';

 return $error;


The code is just to check whether the cranking table has the user with the provided ID.

The problem is, whenever i run this php file, i get this error :

PHP Fatal error: Call to a member function get_row() on a non-object

Where am I at fault here?
I think $wbdp is not initiated.

  • What do you mean by "whenever i run this php file"? Earlier, you mention that you are "building a custom plugin". Is this a plugin or a standalone file? Commented Jul 27, 2013 at 10:23
  • Hi,what i meant by running is going to the url (mysite.com/wp-content/plugins/myplugin/checkrank.php?id=1
    – ETAN
    Commented Jul 27, 2013 at 10:25
  • this is a php file inside my plugin.
    – ETAN
    Commented Jul 27, 2013 at 10:26

1 Answer 1


In a comment you clarify:

what i meant by running is going to the url

In that case, you are running a standalone file.

Yes, one that resides inside WordPress' plugins folder, but you don't access it in the context of WordPress (i.e. from within it). Here, none of the WordPress core functions/methods/classes will be available, because they are simply never loaded.

  • thanks for replying, oh i see, I did ran using jquery ajax call, which also returns the same error. so how do I load the functions? or how should i actually test it?
    – ETAN
    Commented Jul 27, 2013 at 11:02
  • thanks Johannes, i did some quick research, found my solution here:kynatro.com/blog/2012/12/11/…
    – ETAN
    Commented Jul 27, 2013 at 11:10
  • Yup, that is one of the approaches I was about to edit into the answer. Good find. As an aside, there is a multitude of answers on this stack detailing the same. Commented Jul 27, 2013 at 11:11
  • Here's a good one. Commented Jul 27, 2013 at 11:16

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