(Moderator's note: Original title was "Getting error: You do not have sufficient permissions to access this page. Trying to build custom plugin")

I'm trying to write my own custom WordPress plugin, but as soon as I click on the menu I get the following error:

You do not have sufficient permissions to access this page.

My plugin is located under:


The code is below, I'm new to WordPress, so maybe I'm doing something wrong:

if ( is_admin() ) {
  // Hooks and admin menu setup
  add_action('admin_menu', 'add_options_gp');

  function add_options_gp() {
    add_submenu_page('wpsc-sales-logs','WPEC - Group Pricing','Group Pricing',7,
                     'wp-e-commerce-group-pricing', 'price_options');

  function price_options(){
    // Page content goes here...
  • 2
    You are showing an add_submenu_page() but where is your add_menu_page() for 'wpsc-sales-logs'? Feb 8, 2011 at 12:53
  • 1
    Try changing the 7 for "manage_options".
    – Backie
    Feb 8, 2011 at 12:59

2 Answers 2


I think the issue may be in your call to add_submenu_page():


The first parameter needs to be a reference to your Menu Page's "slug", i.e. if you use 'edit.php' instead you'll see that you get a menu option under the "Posts" menu page:

add_submenu_page('edit.php','WPEC - Group Pricing','Group Pricing', 7,
                 'wp-e-commerce-group-pricing', 'price_options');

Here's what it looks like:

WordPress Admin Menu with Submenu Page URL
(source: mikeschinkel.com)

So you need to find out what URL fragment (the part past http://yoursite.com/wp-admin/) that your menu page uses.


For future readers, Roland's issue was a hook priority issue. Changing priority from 10 to 11 fixed it in his case:

add_action('admin_menu', 'add_options_gp',11);

P.S. You really don't need the if statement testing for is_admin() since you are using the 'admin_menu' hook; it only fires in the admin.

  • @Mike - It's definitely that, I need to find out what the slug is for WP-E-Commerce plugin, I thought its wpsc-sales-logs , but not to sure, it there a way to get this
    – Elitmiar
    Feb 8, 2011 at 13:09
  • @Roland - Hover your mouse over the menu section and look at your status bar. You need everything after http://yoursite.com/wp-admin/. Feb 8, 2011 at 13:11
  • The parent looks like this, if I use wpsc-sales-logs as the slug it shows under the menu, but then I get my error
    – Elitmiar
    Feb 8, 2011 at 13:15
  • @Roland - Try 'admin.php?page=wpsc-sales-logs' instead of 'wpsc-sales-logs'. Feb 8, 2011 at 13:25
  • 3
    @Roland - Something else to try; set the priority higher so your code runs after theirs: add_action('admin_menu', 'add_options_gp',11); (Not sure if this will help, but it might...) Feb 8, 2011 at 14:58

Does it show up and work if you add it as sub menu page to some other menu item? Please try this to make shure it works and the only problem is the slug. Some point i'd suggest to look is the parent plugin folder and a search for add_menu_page in there.

If you look into your wp ecommerce folder: wp-e-commerce > wpsc-admin > admin.php on line 71-96 you'll find the way how it's done in the plugin.

@Mike: Here's the download link

try to use add_object_page( $page_title, $menu_title, $access_level, $file, $function = '', $icon_url = ''); with 'admin.php?page=wpsc-sales-logs' or 'wpsc-sales-logs'.

Or try to use something like add_submenu_page('wpsc-sales-logs', __('WPEC - Group Pricing', 'wpsc'), __('Group Pricing', 'wpsc'), 7, 'wpsc-sales-logs', 'price_options'); or take a look at the reference from wp-e-commerce plugin files at (file from above) line 99-108

  • Yes it works on other menu items.
    – Elitmiar
    Feb 8, 2011 at 14:39
  • See edit above.
    – kaiser
    Feb 8, 2011 at 14:51
  • Good research. His non-working example mirrors what's it in the plugin's code, so maybe it is a hook priority thing? Feb 8, 2011 at 14:57
  • I've tried this- add_object_page( 'WPEC - Group Pricing', 'WPEC - Group Pricing', 7, 'wp-e-commerce-group-pricing', 'price_group_options', $icon_url = ''); Menu appears above the Store menu, and works, tried add_submenu_page('wpsc-sales-logs', __('WPEC - Group Pricing', 'wpsc'), __('Group Pricing', 'wpsc'), 7, 'wpsc-sales-logs', 'price_options'); and nope not working if I put in my parameters
    – Elitmiar
    Feb 8, 2011 at 15:02
  • could you post a screenshot somewhere so i can see where exactly which is appearing? Maybe you could solve this with the menu order number.
    – kaiser
    Feb 8, 2011 at 15:27

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