I am running a fresh install of Wordpress 3.3.2 and the only plugin enabled is one I'm developing, but I can't seem to get past a permissions issue in add_menu_page. With the exception of using anonymous functions instead of named functions, I'm following the documentation almost exactly.

My plugin source:

Plugin Name: Some Plugin

add_action('admin_init', function() {
    add_menu_page('Some Page', 'Some Page', 'manage_options', 'some-slug', function() {
        echo 'Hello, world!';


The menu link shows up fine at the bottom of the menu, but instead of "Hello, world!", I see:

You do not have sufficient permissions to access this page.

I've also tried using the administrator capability in place of manage_options, but have the same results.

What am I doing wrong?

2 Answers 2


You want the admin_menu hook, rather than admin_init.

Also, you shouldn't use anonymous functions. Instead, use:

function wpse51004_add_menu_page() {
    add_menu_page('Some Page', 'Some Page', 'manage_options', 'some-slug', 'wpse51004_some_page_callback');
add_action('admin_menu', 'wpse51004_add_menu_page');

function wpse51004_some_page_callback() {
        echo 'Hello, world!';
  • Ahh, admin_menu is what I was missing. Thanks for catching that! I'll stick with the anonymous functions, though, as my target audience (me) is always on PHP 5.3+. Developing on anything less is an absolute pain and incredibly ugly.
    – Kevin
    May 3, 2012 at 11:47
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    Ok, but anonymous functions can't be 'unhooked' - so generally speaking (and certainly if for distribution) should be avoided. It's also easier to read/layout code without anonymous callbacks, but that's my personal opinion :) May 3, 2012 at 11:50
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    Hmmm, good call on the unhooking. If I decide to distribute this one, I'll be sure to wrap up the functions into a class or something. Polluting the global namespace just makes me feel dirty.
    – Kevin
    May 3, 2012 at 11:54

You have to use admin_menu rather than admin_init, that's why you are getting error.

    add_menu_page('Some Page', 'Some Page', 'manage_options', 'some-slug', 'my_plugin_some_page_callback');
add_action('admin_menu', 'my_plugin_some_page_callback');

function my_plugin_some_page_callback() {
    echo 'Hello, world!';

You can also use anonymous function but organize your functions name is more cleaner way.

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