I am making a Wordpress theme with a custom admin page. What I did to make it save the settings was this:

<form method="post" action="options.php"> 

When I hit the submit button, I got an error message saying that "options.php" was not found. I attempted to change the general settings and it worked. It was just with my settings page.


EDIT: I just found something on the Codex about this. But I have no idea what it means. It is at the "Notes" section. If someone could help that would be great!

My code:http://pastebin.com/bvXcXhCQ

  • I'm not sure why it said options.php not found, but that code isn't going to work - type="text" is for <input> elements, not the <form> element, and the location to load should go in the action attribute not the method. Where did you get this code from?
    – Tim Malone
    Aug 3, 2016 at 4:38
  • Oh, oops. I didn't see my code and I mistaken the type thing. I updated it. Aug 3, 2016 at 12:27
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    Where is the form getting added? Is it in a settings page, registered with the Settings API? Please show your code so we have more context and aren't left guessing what you're trying to do. Aug 3, 2016 at 13:19
  • @morganestes I updated my question with the code. Aug 3, 2016 at 14:01

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Like @LupuAndrei said, we lack of details, especially the code where you call you form from.

But I suspect, again like @LupuAndrei said, you might not be calling the settings_fields, do_settings_fields or do_settings_sections correctly.

On the function where you build your form, try something like this

<form method="post" action="options.php">
   <table class="form-table">

      settings_fields( 'animated-settings-group' ); // This will output the nonce, action, and option_page fields for a settings page.
      do_settings_sections( 'hoogleyboogley_animated' ); // This prints out the actual sections containing the settings fields for the page in parameter 


  <?php submit_button(); ?>

Your question lacks a lot of details which could clarify the source of the problem. For example, this error could be also triggered by a wrong call to an add_settings_field function or how settings_fields looks there. These things are essential.

I could try a blind shot and believe that the register_setting function has a different $option_group than $option_name. Try to make the first two parameters to be exactly the same.

Also, you need to take care of your fields. add_settings_field those params must match the register_setting ones

Now if you are really unlucky you could have a problem with whitelist_options filter or some plugin you have installed may crash this.

Personally, I've written a story about how I've got this error and how I've solved it, but it was an isolated case

  • I read your page. But I couldn't figure out what you meant by it. I started off with a fresh Wordpress install, so no plugins. Aug 3, 2016 at 14:23

Replace your form code as:

<form name="form1" method="POST" action="options.php">

Type is not a Form attribute. To know more form attribute please see: From attribute

  • I tried that. It still says options.php not found. Aug 3, 2016 at 11:52
  • @HoogleyBoogley: Update you permalink structure remove name="form1" from the code above. Your form should work after then
    – Shrikant D
    Aug 3, 2016 at 11:59
  • Yes, I did that. Nothing is working. My error is: ERROR: options page not found. Aug 3, 2016 at 12:11

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