I am trying to run an ajax request to pass some data to a function I have written. I return the response, and try and run some javascript based on the response, but it doesn't seem to be running properly. Regardless of what the response is back, it always runs it as if the response was not 'Everything's Chimpy!'

    type: 'POST',
    url: ajaxurl,
    data: {
        action:      'chimp_form',
        form_action: 'validate_api_key',
        api_key:     apiKey,
        data_center: dataCenter
    success: function(validation_response) {
        // alert(validation_response);
        if(validation_response == "Everything's Chimpy!") {
                .fadeOut('fast', function() {
                        .html('<img src="/images/mc-checkmark.png" alt=message > Valid API Key')
                        .css("color", "green").fadeIn();
        } else {
            // alert(response);
                .fadeOut('fast', function() {
                        .html('<img src="/images/yikes-mc-error-icon.png" alt=message > Error: '+validation_response+'.')
                        .css("color", "red").fadeIn();
    error: function(response) {
        alert('There was an error processing your request...'); 

I am getting a response back from the ajax request, and it says 'Everything's Chimpy!', but my conditional is not running. No matter what , the successfunction runs the second conditional. But I have tested the response and can see that it matches my first conditional statement.

Why isn't the first one running?

Weirdest part about it...I developed this on localhost installation. When I transferred it over to my live site, this ajax request and success callback is not working as it does on localhost. I can't think of a reason it would act differently on localhost than it does on the live site.

This is the response that is coming back: Error: Everything's Chimpy!.

  • what does the php that returns the value look like? are you sure there's no newline or something in there?
    – Milo
    Commented Feb 20, 2014 at 19:14
  • 2
    It is customary to add the solution as answer, not to your question - can you do this please. Commented Feb 20, 2014 at 20:27
  • oops sorry about that. Didn't intend to set it underneath my original question.
    – EHerman
    Commented Feb 20, 2014 at 20:40

3 Answers 3


Save yourself some effort and examine the wp_send_json_success() and wp_send_json_error() functions instead. These will let you send data back from PHP and automatically send back success values for the javascript code to examine.

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    Thanks Otto. I was actually able to achieve this using: if(response.indexOf('Everything\'s Chimpy!') > -1) { . Maybe Ill loop back around and implement what you have suggested.
    – EHerman
    Commented Feb 20, 2014 at 20:23

One reason might be that the AJAX request per jQuery defaults to async: true, and the response comes too late (localhost is often faster). Try async: false. That solved it at least in a similar case for me recently.

Another important detail: your response HTTP status code should be 200. So in your callback, add this line at the top, before you send any output:

status_header( 200 );

I ended up going with:

 if(response.indexOf('Everything\'s Chimpy!') > -1) {

    } else {


and it works like a charm. Thanks for the responses!

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