My WP doesn't save my meta box data. I see the metabox and the field, but the data doesn't saving. Somebody could help me? Thank you. This is the code:

// Function to add a metabox
function add_duration_metabox() {
    add_meta_box('duration_metabox', 'Duration', 'display_duration_metabox', 'post', 'normal', 'high');

// Function to display the content within the metabox
function display_duration_metabox($post) {
    // Retrieve the current value from the database if it exists
    $duration = get_post_meta($post->ID, 'duration', true); // Change _duration to duration
    $duration = intval($duration); // Ensure it's an integer

    // Separate hours, minutes, and seconds
    $hours = floor($duration / 3600);
    $minutes = floor(($duration % 3600) / 60);
    $seconds = $duration % 60;

    // Display input fields for hours, minutes, and seconds
    <label for="hours">Hours:</label>
    <input type="number" id="hours" name="hours" value="<?php echo esc_attr($hours); ?>" min="0" />

    <label for="minutes">Minutes:</label>
    <input type="number" id="minutes" name="minutes" value="<?php echo esc_attr($minutes); ?>" min="0" max="59" />

    <label for="seconds">Seconds:</label>
    <input type="number" id="seconds" name="seconds" value="<?php echo esc_attr($seconds); ?>" min="0" max="59" />

// Function to save the value to the database
function save_duration_metabox($post_id) {
    // Check if the nonce is set
    if (!isset($_POST['duration_nonce'])) {
        return $post_id;

    // Verify the nonce
    if (!wp_verify_nonce($_POST['duration_nonce'], 'save_duration')) {
        return $post_id;

    // If this is an autosave, ignore it
    if (defined('DOING_AUTOSAVE') && DOING_AUTOSAVE) {
        return $post_id;

    // Get hours, minutes, and seconds from input fields and ensure they are integers
    $hours = isset($_POST['hours']) ? intval($_POST['hours']) : 0;
    $minutes = isset($_POST['minutes']) ? intval($_POST['minutes']) : 0;
    $seconds = isset($_POST['seconds']) ? intval($_POST['seconds']) : 0;

    // Calculate the total duration in seconds
    $duration = ($hours * 3600) + ($minutes * 60) + $seconds;

    // Save the duration value to the database with the name 'duration' instead of '_duration'
    update_post_meta($post_id, 'duration', sanitize_text_field($duration)); // Change _duration to duration

// Add the metabox
add_action('add_meta_boxes', 'add_duration_metabox');

// Save the value to the database
add_action('save_post', 'save_duration_metabox');

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1 Answer 1


display_duration_metabox() function seems to be missing the nonce field save_duration_metabox() is looking for in the first two if statements. Add the missing wp_nonce_field(), with the correct name and action, and the save handler should start working.

  • i try add this code wp_nonce_field('save_duration', 'duration_nonce'); and work now. thank you sir for help me.
    – Tivan Cell
    Sep 19, 2023 at 22:50

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