Please help. I have a simple plugin which uses ajax call. When I call another function within ajax php function (in the below example I am calling get_cat() function from update_passage_list() function) I am getting "Failed to load resource: the server responded with a status of 500 (Internal Server Error)" error.


$jq =jQuery.noConflict();

$jq(document).ready(function($jq) {

var update_passage_list = function(id){
    $jq.post(quiz.ajaxURL, {
        cpid : id
    }, function(return_data) {
        alert('Return Data = ' + return_data);
    }, "json");  



  Plugin Name: WP Quiz
  Plugin URI: -
  Description: Plugin description.
  Author: Author Name
  Version: 1.0
  Author URI: url

class WP_Quiz {

    public $plugin_url;

    public function __construct() {
        $this->plugin_url = plugin_dir_url(__FILE__);

        add_action('admin_enqueue_scripts', array($this, 'wpq_admin_scripts'));

        add_action('wp_ajax_nopriv_update_passage_list', array($this, 'update_passage_list'));
        add_action('wp_ajax_update_passage_list', array($this, 'update_passage_list'));

    function wpq_admin_scripts() {
        wp_register_script('quiz-admin', plugins_url('js/quiz.js', __FILE__), array('jquery'));

        $config_array = array(
            'ajaxURL' => admin_url('admin-ajax.php'),
            'quizNonce' => wp_create_nonce('quiz-nonce'),
            'plugin_url' => $this->plugin_url

        wp_localize_script('quiz-admin', 'quiz', $config_array);

    public function get_cat($id) {
        $new_id = $id + 100;
        return $new_id;

    function update_passage_list() {
        $cpid = $_POST['cpid'];
        $cpid = get_cat($cpid);
        echo $cpid;

$quiz = new WP_Quiz();
  • When you get 500 error, the server should have logged the real error in the server PHP error log, check that first. – Milan Petrovic Jun 30 '18 at 18:27

I am calling get_cat() function from update_passage_list() function

This is what you're doing:

$cpid = get_cat($cpid);

There's nothing there that says that get_cat() is a method of your class. It's trying to find a function get_cat() outside any class. To use the method of the class you need to use $this:

$cpid = $this->get_cat($cpid);
  • one more question if I want to return string from get_cat() function I am not getting the value. I am not sure what I am missing? thanks – user146122 Jun 30 '18 at 14:27
  • Never mid, echo json_encode('string'); did the trick. Thank you again. – user146122 Jun 30 '18 at 14:37

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