public function database_name_check($input){
    add_settings_error('notice', 'lol', 'lol');
    if($this->wpdb->get_var($this->wpdb->prepare('SHOW DATABASES LIKE %s', $input)) == $input)
        return $input;
        add_settings_error('notice', 'lol', 'lol');
        return FALSE;

I can not understand why the error does not exceed, any suggestions?

1 Answer 1


Take a look at the add_settings_error prototype.

add_settings_error( $setting, $code, $message, $type );

The first argument is your settings name/key -- or if your setting is on another page (eg general) it should be the page key. The second is whatever you'd like to add to the ID attribute, then error/updated message, and finally type. It doesn't work because you're using it incorrectly.

So you probably want...

    'your_setting_key', // whatever you registered in `register_setting
    'a_code_here', // doesn't really mater
    __('This is the message itself', 'wpse'),
    'error', // error or notice works to make things pretty

You also need to tell WordPress to display your settings errors. If it's on a custom page, you'll need to include settings_errors in the callback.

  • pastebin.com/3XsexNcg here is full example, but still not working with or without die(). Jan 2, 2013 at 21:07
  • 1
    See my edit, make sure you include settings_errors in your admin page callback. Jan 2, 2013 at 21:15
  • yes, already found this solution, but thanks. Jan 2, 2013 at 21:21

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