I've tried to solve my problem in the simplest way, but it doesn't work: why?

  function createNewWidgetSavingAPost($post_id) {

        add_action( 'widgets_init', function(){

            $new_widget = new myWdgetClass("widget_id");

            register_widget( $new_widget );



 add_action('save_post', 'createNewWidgetSavingAPost', 10);
  • It doesn't make any sense to only register a widget when a post is saved. Widgets need to be registered on every page load. Are you trying to add a specific instance of a widget to a sidebar? – Jacob Peattie Aug 26 '18 at 4:00

As you can see from the hook order, widget_init is a hook that is quite early in the page execution order. So, by the time save_post is fired widget_init has already passed. If you add an action to a hook that has already passed, nothing will happen.

  • Perhaps if you describe what you are trying to do, we can advise a suitable solution? There are ways to list posts in widgets. Do you really want a widget for every new post ? It's not impossible (you could update an option each time a post is saved, then have code early on look up the options and create a widget for each post) BUT may not be the best way to address what you are trying to achieve? Also It would never show anywhere unless it got added to a sidebar. – anmari Aug 26 '18 at 5:45
  • Sure. I Would like create a widget when a new post (custom post type: "widget") is created. To make this, I thought to create the widget when saving, with the idea of adding later a line of code like "if (!thiswidget) { createAWidget() }"... – AmintaCode Aug 26 '18 at 17:21
  • As explained it is pointless to create a widget when a new post is created, because soon afterwards the page refreshes and the widget is gone. You probably mean something else, but it is unclear what. – cjbj Aug 27 '18 at 8:38

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