I have done a lot of researching and haven't found quite what I am looking for, so I am hoping that I can be pointed in the right direction.

I am developing an Events plugin that will book a ticket from the frontend. This is no different than any other Form submission, but what I am getting confused with is how to handle that from a plugin that is written via OOP with a class.

Most articles that I found say to put the $_POST handling within the template page. Ideally I would like to have this handled by a function within the plugin.

The other thing that I am not sure about is when you submit the form on the frontend, how that actually gets passed to the function on the backend. I am hoping to completely abstract the form processing from any template details.

// events.php
if ( ! class_exists( 'Events' ) ) {

    Class Events {
        function __construct() {
            add_action( 'plugins_loaded', array( &$this, 'includes' ), 1 );

        function includes() {
            require_once( EVENTS_INCLUDES . 'functions.php' );

if ( class_exists( 'Events' ) ) {
    $events_load = New Events();

// functions.php
function process_form() {
    ...do form processing here...

    ...insert booking...

I'm not sure what to hook into that would catch that, or where to send the form action too. Thanks for all the help!


  • Do you have a more complete example of the logic inside the process_form(). I'm interested to know what action you call to ensure your form submission is correctly routed. Jul 31, 2013 at 16:46

1 Answer 1


Send the form action either to your homepage, or to a specific page URL. You can't have $_POST handling within the template because you need to redirect after your process it, and redirect needs to be fired before any HTML output.

// you should choose the appropriate tag here
// template_redirect is fired just before any html output
// see - http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Action_Reference
add_action('template_redirect', 'check_for_event_submissions');

function check_for_event_submissions(){
  if(isset($_POST['event'])) // && (get_query_var('pagename') === 'events) 
       // process your data here, you'll use wp_insert_post() I assume

       wp_redirect($_POST['redirect_url']); // add a hidden input with get_permalink()


You could also check for a nonce to make sure the data was submitted from the right place...

  • I had come very close to that solution but was using init instead of template_redirect. I didn't think of using the redirect quite that way but it makes it much more simple than trying to figure out what had happened. I am already checking for the nonce, just have to get all the JS form and server side form validation in place. Thanks for the help, I had struggled with this but it's making sense now.
    – alistek
    Jun 28, 2011 at 3:59

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