I want to create table only if my custom theme is activated. I have tried with after_switch_theme action hook but it is creating table regardless my custom theme. This means it is triggering action if I activate Twenty fifteen or any other theme.

add_action('after_switch_theme', ['\Recruitment\recruitment', 'create_table']);

I want to create table only if my custom theme is a current theme or activating that theme.

Is there any hook for it or any alternate way?

  • To be clear - your call to to add_action() is in your custom theme's functions.php (or another file included therein), correct?
    – bosco
    Commented Feb 23, 2017 at 3:36
  • @bosco yes, that's correct. However, my problem is not where to call but which action hook to be used. Can you please help me? Commented Feb 23, 2017 at 3:50
  • Certainly - I was just making sure you weren't calling it in a plugin, since it running as you describe (even when swapping to third-party themes) seems to contradict the Codex's description of the action. It wouldn't be the first time the Codex has been misleading, though
    – bosco
    Commented Feb 23, 2017 at 3:55

1 Answer 1


Ah I found it.

You can use after_setup_theme action hook. So it will be like

add_action('after_setup_theme', ['\Recruitment\recruitment', 'create_table']);

Updated Code

$theme = wp_get_theme();

if ( $theme->name == 'My THEME NAME' ) {

  global $wpdb;
  global $charset_collate;

  $sql = "CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS ... $charset_collate;";

  require_once ABSPATH . 'wp-admin/includes/upgrade.php';
  dbDelta( $sql );

  add_option( 'ab_db_version', self::$db_version );


// in another file

add_action('after_switch_theme', ['\Recruitment\recruitment', 'create_table']);
  • after_setup_theme runs on every page load - if you choose to go this route and use some sort of check to see if the table already exists before creating, keep it mind those database transactions will come with a little overhead.
    – bosco
    Commented Feb 23, 2017 at 3:58
  • @bosco oh yeah, I didn't realize that. Thank you so much for your input. Do you have any other hook? Commented Feb 23, 2017 at 4:00
  • I think you were on the right path the first time, we just need to add a little extra logic :) . One minute
    – bosco
    Commented Feb 23, 2017 at 4:01
  • @bosco I have updated my answer code.. what do you think about it? Commented Feb 23, 2017 at 4:10
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    You nailed it - your updated code is pretty much what I was going to suggest. The only thing I might change is checking $theme->stylesheet_dir against your theme's programmatically obtained root directory, as theme names could theoretically collide but stylesheet directories really cannot. But I'm going to take a closer look at the the after_switch_theme hook this weekend and see if I can't figure out what's up, seeings as the way the Codex describes it, we shouldn't need either theme check.
    – bosco
    Commented Feb 23, 2017 at 4:29

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