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Opened 12 years ago

Closed 12 years ago

#21424 closed feature request (duplicate)

Adding an Admin Page Slug without and Admin Menu Link

Reported by: joewoidpress's profile joe.woidpress Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 3.4.1
Component: Administration Keywords:
Focuses: Cc:


I'd like to be able to add an admin page slug that runs a function but does not appear in the admin menu.

For instance, if I create a custom object in a plugin managed in a custom database table, I'd like to be able to bring up an edit page for that plugin using a page slug and query var like:


...which could help simplify the plugin's architecture into something more pseudo-MVC like rather that having to find some sort of twisted PHP control flow.

I can currently get this functionality by using add_submenu_page with the $parent_slug parameter set to another submenu (since WordPress doesn't support more than one level of submenu nesting).

For example, in my plugin I'd do something like:

add_menu_page( 'My Plugin', 'My Plugin', 'manage_options', 'my-plugin', array( $this, 'my_plugin_main_page' ) );
add_submenu_page( 'my-plugin', 'My Plugin: Objects', 'objects', 'manage_options', 'my-plugin-objects', array( $this, 'my_plugin_objects_page' ) );
add_submenu_page( 'my-plugin-objects', 'My Plugin: Edit Object', 'edit object', 'manage_options', 'my-plugin-edit-object', array( $this, 'edit_object_page' ) ); 

...yet this is sort of in hack territory.

The idea here is that the admin page with the slug 'my-plugin-edit-object' shouldn't be in the main admin menu since it would be accessed only from the 'my-plugin-objects' page with a query var for the id of the object in the database (e.g. ?page=my-plugin-edit-object&object-id=6 as I have above).

Would it be possible to add some kind of "add_action_page" function to the API so that we could create plugins which have admin menu slugs which aren't designed to show up as a link in the main admin menu?

This could be quite useful and make it far easier to architect plugins in a sort of "pseudo-MVC" fashion...

Change History (3)

#1 @joe.woidpress
12 years ago

  • Cc joe.woidpress@… added

#2 @joe.woidpress
12 years ago

...I'd also add that it'd be nice if, when creating a "sub-submenu" page using the proposed "add_action_page" function, that the parent item would remain highlighted in the admin menu when on the admin page with the registered slug.

#3 @SergeyBiryukov
12 years ago

  • Component changed from General to Administration
  • Milestone Awaiting Review deleted
  • Resolution set to duplicate
  • Status changed from new to closed
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