I have this code to redirect back to the posts page on Submit for Review. How do I display a confirmation message? Something like: "your post has been submitted for review" in an admin message box at the top of the posts page.

add_filter('wp_insert_post_data', 'ccl', 99);
function ccl($data) {
if ($data['post_type'] !== 'revision' && $data['post_status'] == 'pending') {
    $data['post_status'] = 'pending';
    add_filter('redirect_post_location', 'my_redirect_post_location_filter', 99);
return $data;
function my_redirect_post_location_filter($location) {
$user = get_current_user_id(); 
remove_filter('redirect_post_location', __FUNCTION__, 99);
$url='' . site_url() .'/wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=event&author=' . $user . '';
$location = add_query_arg($url);
return $location;     
  • Any reason why you're redirecting to the event post type but not checking for the event post type in ccl()? – Dave Romsey Oct 13 '16 at 6:22
  • I have no answer for that other than lack of experience. How would I do that and why? – MrFox Oct 13 '16 at 10:58
  • Well, if you're redirecting to the event listing, it makes sense to check if an event post type is being updated. Otherwise, when editing a regular post for example, the redirect will take the user to the events listing, which doesn't make sense to me. I can edit my answer to check the post type before doing the redirect if you want. – Dave Romsey Oct 13 '16 at 19:12
  • Oh, that makes sense. Thanks. This is for a user with restricted access. They can only see the Events posts and won't be able to edit any other kind of posts so I don't think that is needed. – MrFox Oct 14 '16 at 9:17

Here's an updated version of your code that also handles the notification message using the Transients API.

 * If post status is pending, set transient containing error message and
 * change the redirect location.
 * Filters slashed post data just before it is inserted into the database.
 * @param array $data    An array of slashed post data.
 * @param array $postarr An array of sanitized, but otherwise unmodified post data.
add_filter( 'wp_insert_post_data', 'wpse242399_wp_insert_post_data', 99, 2 );
function wpse242399_wp_insert_post_data( $data, $postarr ) {
    if ( $data['post_type'] !== 'revision' && $data['post_status'] === 'pending' ) {

        set_transient( get_current_user_id() . '_wpse242399_post_pending_notice', 
            __( 'Your post has been submitted for review.', 'your-text-domain' )

        add_filter( 'redirect_post_location', 'wpse242399_redirect_post_location', 99 );

    return $data;

 * Remove the filter for the redirect location
 * and perform the redirect.
function wpse242399_redirect_post_location( $location ) {
    remove_filter( 'redirect_post_location', __FUNCTION__, 99 );

    return add_query_arg( [
            'post_type' => 'event',
            'author'    => get_current_user_id(),
        ], admin_url( 'edit.php' )

 * Check to see if it's necessary to display a message.
 * If so, delete the transient and output the message.
add_action( 'admin_notices', 'wpse242399_admin_notices' );
function wpse242399_admin_notices() {
    $message = get_transient( get_current_user_id() . '_wpse242399_post_pending_notice' );

    if ( $message ) {
        delete_transient( get_current_user_id() . '_wpse242399_post_pending_notice' );

        printf( '<div class="%1$s"><p>%2$s</p></div>',
            'notice notice-success is-dismissible wpse242399_post_pending_notice',
  • 1
    Brilliant thank you. I didn't know about the transient api. – MrFox Oct 13 '16 at 13:16
  • I would recommend against using the Transients API in this situation. While a transient is likely to stick around long enough for this to work, it is not guaranteed to stick around that long (or to be successfully stored at all). As I understand it, the general guideline for transients is they should be used as a shortcut for data that can be retrieved in other ways (e.g. a long running SQL query or a remote API call). If you want to do something similar to this solution, I would store the message as an option instead of a transient. – salcode Aug 22 '18 at 12:50

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