1. I'm trying to save an array to get_options in wordpress, I'm aware that I don't have to serialize the array due to get_options doing that.

  2. At the moment I don't get any success of failed message upon hitting the submit button.

  3. Am I adding the input data correctly to the database using get_options and update_options. If not how can my code be tweaked to accomplish this.

    add_action('admin_menu', 'dw_quotes_create_menu');

    function dw_quotes_create_menu() {
        //create custom top-level menu
        add_menu_page('Quotes Settings', 'Quotes Styling', 'manage_options', 'dw_quotes', 'dw_styling_quotes_settings');
        //generating the random quote
    function dw_get_random_quote() {
    function validate_dw_quote() {
        //validation here
        if (isset($_POST['submit'] ) ) {
            //checking that $_POST['adding_quote'] is set
            if( isset( $_POST['adding_quote'] ) ) {
                //retrieve the stored values
                if( get_option( 'list_of_quotes' ) )
                    $list_of_quotes = get_option('list_of_quotes');
                    $list_of_quotes = array();
                //add the new quote to the end of the array 
                $list_of_quotes[] = $_POST['adding_quote'];
                //store the updated quote
                if ( update_option( 'list_of_quotes', $list_of_quotes ) ) {
                    echo "Success your quote was added!";
                } else {
                    echo "Failed to add quote!";
        //styling the admin menu
    function dw_styling_quotes_settings() { ?>
        <h2>Quote Setting</h2>
        <form action="admin.php?page=dw_quotes" method="post">
        <label for="add">Enter your quote</label>
        <input type="textarea"  name="adding_quote" />
        <input type="submit" name="submit" value="add the new quote" />
        <?php //test the output 
  • where do you call validate_dw_quote?
    – Milo
    Apr 15, 2014 at 0:59
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    Put die; after your //store the updated quote if/else block. Do you see the message now?
    – s_ha_dum
    Apr 15, 2014 at 1:09

1 Answer 1


In order for it to save the data you need to hook your validate_dw_quote() onto to an action, such as admin_init or init.

add_action('admin_init', 'validate_dw_quote'); 
  • Hi Eric, could you tell me if the options are shared between users or user specific? I was thinking about using them on snippets. Thanks
    – RickON
    Oct 20, 2021 at 15:04

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