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I am currently using the ACF Relationship field selector to query through a custom post type for locations to show various pages. These pages are "service" pages that can be shown or hidden from the end user. The challenge is if the person de-selects the service page, it is technically still visible to the user if they know the link. I need to be able to set the page to a draft status or published when updating this option. Here is what I have based on other examples related to a similar request.

function my_acf_update_value( $value, $post_id, $field  ) {
    $ids = get_field('our_services', 'options');
    $services = get_posts(array(
        'post_type' => 'services',
        'post_status' => 'draft',
        'post__not_in' => $ids,
    ));
    wp_update_post($services);
        
}

add_filter('acf/update_value/key=field_5c37e435', 'my_acf_update_value', 10, 4);

When I did this the first time it immediately set them all to draft from published without updating the ACF relationship field option. Do I need to hook into the "update" button in my options?

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There's no sense in using the init hook because this hook will be triggered on each page load.

If you want to update pages' status every time when someone updates a field, you can use any of the following hooks:

  • acf/update_field - this filter hook fires every time when a field is updated before it is saved into the database. This hook is a part of the ACF plugin.
  • update_post_meta - this action hook fires every time when a field is updated before it is saved into the database, but it is a part of the WordPress core.
  • updated_post_meta - this action hook fires every time when a field is updated after it was saved into the database. This hook is a part of the WordPress core too.

The first one passes four arguments into its handlers: $value, $post_id, $field, $original. You can learn more about it here.

And the last two hooks pass four arguments into their handlers: $meta_id, $object_id, $meta_key, $meta_value. You can learn more about them here and here.

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  • I went back and edited the code to pull the values first and then query through them. I used the update_value hook you mentioned. When I save the options page it clears the selected services completely and does not change the status. Dec 17, 2021 at 20:30

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