When saving a post, i have a meta box in which the user must put something. If the user input is something when i do not accept, how will i tell him?

add_action('save_post' , 'my_save_metaboxe_data');

function my_save_metaboxe_data( $post_id )
    if ( 'something not accepted' )
        return ????? ;

I also read this post.

I personally just write a return; , but the most important problem i face in this way is it returns the following message to the user:

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What can i do to prevent this message?

I have also studied the wonderful hook admin_notices, but i still do not know how to use it to appear when it should be.

So how can i prevent at least the above message? ( I develop a plugin for WordPress. )

My question is specific about creating a new custom post and for the meta boxes validations who i have added. How to handle the save_post action to return the appropriate messages and not always returning "everything going well".


1 Answer 1


Handling admin notice on Edit Post

When action related to post or editpost, we will be faced with redirect_post function. There are two filters you can use to handle the post messages, redirect_post_location and post_updated_messages ( see the list messages at https://core.trac.wordpress.org/browser/tags/4.8/src/wp-admin/edit-form-advanced.php#L135 ).

Here the sample code how to handle the messages.

Create new message (optional)

add_filter( 'post_updated_messages', function( $messages ) {
    //create another message code, i.e 11
    $messages['post'] = $messages['post'] + array( 11 => __( 'Something Wrong', 'textdomain' ) );

    return $messages;
} );

Handling redirection

add_filter( 'redirect_post_location', function( $location, $post_id ) {
    //let say the conditon is false, or you can create your code here
    $condition = false;

    if ( ! $condition ) //add 11 as code message or use in the list post messages
        $location = add_query_arg( 'message', 11, get_edit_post_link( $post_id, 'url' ) );

    return $location;
}, 10, 2 );

As those codex reference, code 0 will be give us no notice. The notice will always give update notice (green color), if we need error or warning notice, I suggest to create own admin notice. I hope this help.


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