WordPress tip: Catching callbacks in admin


I wanted to share this quick WordPress tip that you can use when you need some custom processing or catching callbacks in admin.

There is a wonderful WordPress hook (that I only found recently) that enables user to do some custom action very easily – admin_action_YOUR_ACTION_NAME.

It is setup in three quick and easy steps:

First you need to initialize the action:

add_action('admin_action_YOUR_ACTION_NAME', 'YOUR_FUNCTION_NAME');

Then in your function (YOUR_FUNCTION_NAME), after you do all the processing, you need to redirect the user somewhere:

// For example we’ll redirect him to dashboard here
// good to exit after redirect

And the last thing you need to do is call your function when you go to URL looking like this:


For multi-site installation, the hook is network_admin_YOUR_ACTION_NAME

This is very useful when you need a callback after oAuth action to return to your WordPress admin for example.

Do you know some useful usage of this wonderful hook? Share it in comments below…

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Luka Peharda

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