I am using the Settings API for a plugin's settings page. One of the settings allows the user to change the cron job interval for the cron job created by this plugin.

Therefore I'd like to run a function on saving of the settings page, which checks the value in the database and compares it to the value the existing cron job has. If they are different, the cron job should be recreated.

Is my logic right, and if so how can I run such a function after the plugin settings have been saved?

  • it sounds like you are looking for callbacks?
    – Jesse
    Mar 4, 2013 at 4:58
  • @Jesse I think it's a hook I need.
    – urok93
    Mar 4, 2013 at 5:01

2 Answers 2


I'm not familiar with wordpress settings api but I know those options generated by settings api are handled/saved in wp-admin/options.php


if ( isset( $_POST[ $option ] ) ) {
        $value = $_POST[ $option ];
    if ( ! is_array( $value ) )
        $value = trim( $value );
    $value = stripslashes_deep( $value );
update_option( $option, $value );

as you can see, no hook before update_option.

But there is a workaround:


function callback(){
        //do your cron update stuff here.
   echo 'output <input or something';

Not very elegant though.

  • In that case I don't even need the extra function and blank settings field I think, I can put the code inside the callback of one of the existing sections.
    – urok93
    Mar 4, 2013 at 13:57
  • yes, you can do that in the callback of register_setting and add_settings_section too
    – Jesse
    Mar 5, 2013 at 0:14

The correct answer is to add_action after an option as been updated.

See this answer: Hook if somebody saves plugin options?

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