I try to save an option from the frontend but i can't find yet how to do it.
So, the idea is to give the blog owner a simple form with a dropdown that can select a different stylesheet.css. I have build it for the wp-admin area and it works fine, but i want to do the same in the frontend,

i have tried to include the wp-admin/options.php in the header but nothing, just errors,
i post the form to "wp-admin/options.php" but it redirect me in the wp-admin/options page.

here is the frontend form:

<form id="save-theme" name="save-theme" action="/wp-admin/options.php" method="post">
    <option>Select Theme</option>
<button name="update-options" type="submit">Save</button>
<?php wp_nonce_field('update-options'); ?>

thanks a lot!

  • Ehm, how do you identify users? In the backend there is a login, but in the frontend, there is none. Should users set the option for the whole site?
    – hakre
    Commented Apr 3, 2011 at 10:13
  • @hakre, i have frontend login/register pages for the users and i give access to the form below only to admins, yes i need to change the whole site.
    – Philip
    Commented Apr 3, 2011 at 11:16

2 Answers 2


You Do Not want to post /wp-admin/options.php from the front end , thats a bad idea and can cause problems.

To updated Options from the frontend simply use update_option() and make sure you verify correctly. here is an example using your code with minor fixes:

    if (isset($_POST['stylesheet']) && isset($_POST['action']) && $_POST['action'] == "update_theme"){
        if (wp_verify_nonce($_POST['theme_front_end'],'update-options')){ 
        ?><div class="error"><?php echo 'update failed'; ?></div><?php}

<form id="save-theme" name="save-theme" action="" method="post">
<select name="stylesheet">
<?php $selected = get_option('my_theme-style');
    <option>Select Theme</option>
    <option value="1" <?php if ($selected == 1) echo 'selected="selected"'; ?>>Red</option>
    <option value="2" <?php if ($selected == 2) echo 'selected="selected"'; ?>>Dark</option>
    <option value="3" <?php if ($selected == 3) echo 'selected="selected"'; ?>>White</option>
<?php wp_nonce_field('update-options','theme_front_end'); ?>
<input type="hidden" name="action" value="update_theme">
<input type="submit" name="update-options" value="Save">

Now this assumes that the option key or name is my_theme-style.

  • thanks a lot @Bainternet!!! i found a solution to my question, but your way is better!
    – Philip
    Commented Apr 3, 2011 at 14:18
  • Glad i could help
    – Bainternet
    Commented Apr 3, 2011 at 14:45
  • Isn't that code always going to produce a update failed message whenever the stylesheet and action keys are set?
    – t31os
    Commented Apr 5, 2011 at 15:30
  • @t31os: yep, my bad, i added an else clause. Thanks
    – Bainternet
    Commented Apr 5, 2011 at 16:29
  • This may be obvious to most people, but it should be <?php if ($selected == 1) echo 'selected="selected" I think Commented Feb 4, 2012 at 2:07

Maybe Theme Switcher Reloaded (Wordpress Plugin) contains enough information on how that could be done?

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