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Closed 5 years ago

#24299 closed enhancement (duplicate)

'save_post' action is a common bottleneck

Reported by: johnjamesjacoby Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: low
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Posts, Post Types Keywords: has-patch
Focuses: Cc:


When reviewing code, I see almost daily that the 'save_post' action is used as a catch-all for saving post-meta from inside custom metaboxes. The problem with this approach is that 'save_post' runs even on internal post-types, like revisions, nav-menu items, auto-saves, etc...)

It's my experience that most developers have no idea that their code runs in these circumstances, and they often don't check the post_type of the post being saved, resulting in unnecessary calls to update_post_meta() and sometimes storing useless information in the database.

This issue becomes especially prevalent on sites with complex navigation menus, where sometimes hundreds of calls to 'save_post' can occur. The added overhead of bbPress and a few other CPT based plugins installed can ramp these wasted comparisons up into the thousands very quickly.

Yes... this can largely be considered an education issue. And $post is passed into 'save_post' so it's a simple comparison check to make sure the post_type matches your intentions. There's also transition_post_status that allows even more control.

Knowing this, I think there's still value in addressing this in core, by having a dedicated "save_post_$post_type" action directly after 'save_post'. It's straight-forward, easy to tweak existing code, and provides a simple way to avoid repeated loops through 'save_post' just to compare a post_type and bail a bunch of times.

Patch attached for proof of concept

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Change History (5)

#1 @tw2113
5 years ago

Having had to interact with this myself and prevent multiple looping and "loop inception", I would love to see this available.

#2 @johnbillion
5 years ago

Edit: Ignore me, it's 2:30am.

Last edited 5 years ago by johnbillion (previous) (diff)

#3 @DrewAPicture
5 years ago

Seems sensible. +1

#4 @SergeyBiryukov
5 years ago

  • Keywords dev-feedback removed
  • Milestone Awaiting Review deleted
  • Resolution set to duplicate
  • Status changed from new to closed

Duplicate of #16176.

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