The following code (from here, middle section chopped out) allows me to redirect users who land on a certain page in the WP admin to another admin page...

function admin_redirects() {
    global $pagenow;

    /* Redirect Customizer to Theme options */
    if($pagenow == 'customize.php'){
        wp_redirect(admin_url('/admin.php?page=theme_options', 'http'), 301);


add_action('admin_init', 'admin_redirects');

It works great...for some pages. The problem is I cannot get redirects to work for pages originating with a URL structure such as "admin.php?page=example-options." The example-options string is just a plugin I was working on, but I think you get the idea. I have tried a lot of variations and other things at this point, but nothing is working. Am I missing something?

  • where are you setting $pagenow ?
    – David Lee
    Oct 24, 2017 at 20:10
  • Just to make sure i understood: 1) you want something like admin.php?page=example-options to redirect users to admin.php?page=theme_options 2) will there be any kind of role condition, i.e. non-admin users are redirected but admins can access the page ? Oct 24, 2017 at 22:51
  • @CelsoBessa Yes, I want to be able to do something like redirect something like admin.php?page=example-options to another page, as opposed to redirecting from something like customize.php to another page. I already came up with the role condition but omitted it from this code as it is not relevant to the core of the problem I am having. Oct 25, 2017 at 1:58

1 Answer 1


I think you will achieve what you want by using [get_current_screen()][1] and reading the properties from WP_Screen object returned as needed. In your case, I think you will need $screen->base or maybe $screen->id. According to WordPress Codex:

id (string) The unique ID of the screen


base (string) The base type of the screen. For example, for a page 'post-new.php' the base is 'post'.

As an examples, the Yoast SEO Dashboard resides on admin.php?page=wpseo_dashboard and the $screen->base property for this page is 'toplevel_page_wpseo_dashboard'

Below you will find an example taken from something i worked some weeks time ago.

 * Disallow Admin pages for non-superadmin users on current_screen hook.
 * A fallback for when restricting access is not possible by manage_admin_access_on_init
 * @since    0.1.0
public function wpse_283875_manage_admin_access_on_screen() {
    // a list of restricted pages base properties from get_current_screen
    $restricted_screens = array(
    // get current screen
    $screen = get_current_screen();
    // if there's no $screen object, we are in customizer, bail out
    if ( is_null($screen) ){
    // get screen->base
    $screen_base = $screen->base;

    // compare screen->base with each restricted screen
    foreach ($restricted_screens as $restricted_screen) {

        // if user can't manage network and screen base is restricted
        if (!current_user_can('manage_network') && $screen_base == $restricted_screen) {
            //get out!
            // stop execution

// hook to current_screen action with priority 5 to execut ASAP
add_action('current_screen','manage_admin_access_on_screen', 5);

If you need to check the screen object, you could use something like this in development environment and read the HTML source:

function debug_admin_screen(){
    $screen = get_current_screen();
    echo '<!--<pre>' . print_r($screen, TRUE) . '</pre>-->';
add_action('current_screen', 'debug_admin_screen', 100);

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