I have the code below to show different settings for each tab. Contents shown depends on the url paratmer action. When I try selecting a tab, wordpress gives me a Sorry, you are not allowed to access this page. error. Please see the code below.

function minutes_settings_content() {
    <div class="wrap">

        <div id="icon-themes" class="icon32"></div>
        <h2>Email & SMS Settings</h2>
        <?php settings_errors(); ?>

        <?php $active_tab = isset( $_GET[ 'action' ] ) ? $_GET[ 'action' ] : 'email_sms_options'; ?>

        <h2 class="nav-tab-wrapper">
            <a href="<?php echo esc_url( add_query_arg( array( 'action' => 'email_sms_options' ), admin_url( 'edit.php?post_type=wellbeing-minutes&page=minutes-email-settings' ) ) ); ?>" class="nav-tab">Email & SMS</a>
            <a href="<?php echo esc_url( add_query_arg( array( 'action' => 'testing_mode_options' ), admin_url( 'edit.php?post_type=wellbeing-minutes&page=minutes-email-settings' ) ) ); ?>" class="nav-tab">Testing Mode</a>

        <form action='options.php' method='post'>

            if ( $active_tab == 'email_sms_options' ) {
                settings_fields( 'EmailSmsMinute' );
                do_settings_sections( 'EmailSmsMinute' );
            elseif ( $active_tab == 'testing_mode_options' ) {
                settings_fields( 'wb_minute_testing_mode' );
                do_settings_sections( 'wb_minute_testing_mode' );



  • what is the url in the browser after clicking
    – Makiomar
    Aug 13 '19 at 8:23
  • also what is the page you are adding these settings to. the page you added to register_settings
    – Makiomar
    Aug 13 '19 at 9:40

I've found that there are two causes for this error when developing with the settings API:

  1. you are not running under the 'admin_menu' hook
  2. some other error has occurred, check the error log.

Both of these derive from current_user not being available at the time.

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