I've read tons of post already but found no solution...

I'm tryin to implement Jeditable functionality in a plugin with this code:

jQuery(document).ready(function() {

If in save.php I simply echo something, it will be returned to the textfield I was updating without problem. Problem is on how to insert it into the db... If I use this:

if (isset($_POST['id'])) {
    global $wpdb;
    $query = "INSERT INTO table (col1, col2, col3) VALUES ('%d', '%s', '%d')";
    $wpdb->query($wpdb->prepare($query, '10', $_post['value'], '0'));
    echo $_POST['value'];

I get the following error:


(line 6 is $wpdb->query([...]);).

Now, what I understend from other posts is that I can't call save.php directly from AJAX. What I didn't get is how else should I do it. I tried all the solutions of those posts and read the official Codex page without success.

1 Answer 1


You should use the WordPress AJAX-API for those purposes instead of custom scripts. Your problem is, that in your script all the WordPress API-Objects are not loaded.

Here is an answer which describe the usage of the AJAX-API in a very similar case. There, a post is inserted to the database in the wpse_126886_ajax_handler() function. On the same way, you can of cause run any other query you want.

Edit due to new information from comments:

You could have mentioned, that »Jeditable« is a plugin for jQuery and there's a documentation for it.

Anyway, the documentation (Section: »Parameter reference«) of the jQuery plugin describes a way, you can pass more parameters to your script. But first of all, let me explain, how to enqueue your scripts and how to pass data (e.g. the nonce slug) to it:

 * enqueue jquery, jquery-jeditable and custom script
 * and pass some data to
 * @wp-hook wp_enqueue_scripts
 * @return void
function wpse_135219_enqueue_scripts() {

        plugin_dir_url( __FILE__ ) . 'js/jquery-jeditable.js',
        array( 'jquery' ),

        plugin_dir_url( __FILE__ ) . 'js/wpse-135219.js',
        array( 'jquery-jeditable' ),

    $script_settings = array(
        'ajaxUrl' => home_url( '/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php' ),
        'nonce'   => wp_create_nonce( 'wpse_135219' ),
        'action'  => 'wpse_135219'

    wp_enqueue_script( 'wpse-135219' );
add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'wpse_135219_enqueue_scripts' );

These function resides in a plugin file named wpse-135221.php. The plugins file structure looks like this:

- wpse-135219-plugin/
--- js/
----- jquery-jeditable.js
----- wpse-135219.js
--- wpse-135219.php 

With wp_localize_script() you initialize a global javascript object named wpSE135219 where you find your nonce and even the ajax URL.

Here's an example on how to use it with Jeditable (wpse-135219.js):

( function( $ ) {
    'use strict';

    $( document ).ready( function() {
        var settings  = wpSE135219,
            params    = {
                wp_nonce : settings.nonce,
                action   : settings.action

        $( '.edit' ).editable( settings.ajaxURL, {
            submitdata : params
        } );
    } );

} )( jQuery );

Now you have the following request parameter:

action    "wpse_135219"
id        "your_html_id"
value     "your_value"
wp_nonce  "3bd42174ec" // a wp nonce string

As shown in the referred answer above, the action you've to attach your ajax handler on must be admin_ajax_wpse_135219:

add_action( 'admin_ajax_your_form_action', 'wpse_135219_ajax_handler' );
function wpse_135219_ajax_handler() {
    // your query stuff goes here
    // don't forget to check $_POST[ 'wp_nonce' ]

To verify the request with the nonce use wp_verify_nonce()

  • i've already read that post before posting. it's the first time that i use Ajax so maybe it's because of this, but i really can't understand what to do...what is this slug and where should i put it?! jeditable is not a for in where i can add an hidden field. also, the function is passing correctly the parameters...why can't i execute a simple query?
    – Mariano
    Feb 19, 2014 at 20:02
  • @Mariano This is a really good answer, and documented too, you should follow it, and do some documentation on how to write ajax in wordpress so that you can use the wordpress native functions/classes. Feb 20, 2014 at 10:48
  • @Mariano I didn't know »Jeditable« plugin before you mentioned it in your comment. So I've updated my answer.
    – David
    Feb 20, 2014 at 11:51
  • hi, thanks for your time...i made some try reading and reading the codex page again and i finally found the solution. again, thanks for your help.
    – Mariano
    Feb 20, 2014 at 22:55

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