I've added this code snippet to my functions.php

add_action( 'show_user_profile', 'Add_user_fields' );
add_action( 'edit_user_profile', 'Add_user_fields' );

function Add_user_fields( $user ) { ?>

    <h3 class="sizeShapeH3">Select Chapters</h3>
    <table class="form-table">
            <th><label for="dropdown" >MPF Chapters </label></th>

                $topselected= get_the_author_meta( 'user_top', $user->ID );  

           <select name="user_top" id="user_top">
            <option value="MPF Pune Central:" <?php echo ($topselected == "MPF Pune Central:")?  'selected="selected"' : '' ?>>MPF Pune Central:</option>
            <option value="MPF Pune East:" <?php echo ($topselected == "MPF Pune East:")?  'selected="selected"' : '' ?>>MPF Pune East:</option>
            <option value="MPF Pune West:" <?php echo ($topselected == "MPF Pune West:")?  'selected="selected"' : '' ?>>MPF Pune West:</option>
            <option value="MPF Pune South:" <?php echo ($topselected == "MPF Pune South:")?  'selected="selected"' : '' ?>>MPF Pune South:</option>
            <option value="MPF PCMC:" <?php echo ($topselected == "MPF PCMC:")?  'selected="selected"' : '' ?>>MPF PCMC:</option>




<?php }

add_action( 'personal_options_update', 'save_user_fields' );
add_action( 'edit_user_profile_update', 'save_user_fields' );

function save_user_fields( $user_id ) {

    if ( !current_user_can( 'edit_user', $user_id ) )
        return false;

    //save top
    update_usermeta( $user_id, 'user_chapters', $_POST['user_chapters'] );


Now I see the chapter dropdown list at the user profile. but it is not saved when I change the user chapter. Eg: from the above list if I select MPF Pune East and press the button Update Profile then again I see MPF Pune Central as default. Seems it is not get saved when we click Update Profile button. do we have to something else to get it saved?

  • Can you reformat your code so it will be readable
    – Aftab
    Sep 7, 2017 at 8:24
  • please sir you can check now Sep 7, 2017 at 8:25
  • Please check the answer.
    – Aftab
    Sep 7, 2017 at 8:29

1 Answer 1


I can see

$topselected= get_the_author_meta( 'user_top', $user->ID ); ,

here you are using "user_top" as the meta_key but while updating you are using "user_chapter"

update_usermeta( $user_id, 'user_chapters', $_POST['user_chapters'] );

Whatever name you are providing in <select name="user_top" id="user_top">, should be used in $_POST['']

So here you are using "user_top" as your select name, so it will be $_POST['user_top']

  • so can i replace "user_top" to "user_chapter" Sep 7, 2017 at 9:01
  • 1
    $topselected= get_the_author_meta( "user_chapter", $user->ID ); Sep 7, 2017 at 9:02
  • yes you can do.. but whatever you are using.. use common in both the place
    – Aftab
    Sep 7, 2017 at 9:03
  • my meta_key is ..user_chapter_selected and i am using this format . update_usermeta( $user_id, 'user_chapters', $_POST['user_chapter_selected'] ); $topselected= get_the_author_meta( 'user_chapter_selected', $user->ID );... but not working..same problem Sep 7, 2017 at 9:12
  • and one more thing is my meta_key in wp_usermeta table not in wp_user table... Sep 7, 2017 at 9:17

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