I have created a WordPress plugin and added an options page.

There is an error message when the check box unchecked:

Notice: Undefined index: upo_enable

But when the check box checked it works good. See the GIF below:

my plugin's options page

The Demo Code:

Plugin Name: update option
Plugin URI: 
Description: Plugin Demo.
Author: Ryan
Version: 1.0
Author URI: 

if ( !function_exists('upo_admin_page') ) :
function upo_admin_page() {
        __( 'Update Option', 'demo' ),
        __( 'Update Option', 'demo' ),
add_action( 'admin_menu', 'upo_admin_page' );

// Update Options.
if ( !function_exists('upo_options_update') ) :
function upo_options_update() {
    $updated = '<div class="updated settings-error notice is-dismissible"><p><strong>' . __('Settings saved.', 'demo') . '</strong></p></div>'; 
    if (isset($_POST['update_options'])) {
        update_option('upo_enable', $_POST['upo_enable']);
        echo $updated;

if ( !function_exists('upo_option_page') ) :
function upo_option_page() {

<div class="upo-wrap">
    <h2><?php _e('Update Options') ?></h2>
    <?php upo_options_update(); ?>
    <div class="update-option">
        <form method="post" action="<?php echo admin_url( 'options-general.php?page=update-option' ); ?>">
        <?php wp_nonce_field('update_options');?>
        <table class="upo-options-form">
            <tr valign="top">
                <th scope="row"><?php _e('Enable'); ?></th>
                <td><label for="upo_enable">
                <input name="upo_enable" type="checkbox" id="upo_enable" value="true" <?php checked('true', get_option('upo_enable')); ?> /><?php _e('Test Text'); ?></label>
        <p class="upo-submit">
            <input type="submit" name="update_options" class="button-primary" value="<?php _e('Save Changes','demo'); ?>" />

So, How can I fix it?


1 Answer 1


This is because when a checkbox isn't checked it didn't send to the server. This is why the POST array doesn't have the upo_enable index.

You can, however, check if the value is empty or not:

$upo_enable = !empty($_POST['upo_enable']) ? true : false;


$upo_enable = !empty($_POST['upo_enable']) ? $_POST['upo_enable'] : false;

More on this: https://www.w3.org/TR/html401/interact/forms.html


Checkboxes (and radio buttons) are on/off switches that may be toggled by the user. A switch is "on" when the control element's checked attribute is set. When a form is submitted, only "on" checkbox controls can become successful.


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