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WordPress Settings Framework

The WordPress Settings Framework aims to take the pain out of creating settings pages for your WordPress plugins by effectively creating a wrapper around the WordPress settings API and making it super simple to create and maintain settings pages.

This repo is actually a working plugin which demonstrates how to implement WPSF in your plugins. See wpsf-test.php for details.

Setting Up Your Plugin

  1. Create a folder "wp-settings-framework" in the root of your plugin folder, containing wp-settings-framework.php and the "assets" folder.
  2. Create a "settings" folder in your plugin root.
  3. Create a settings file in your new "settings" folder (e.g. settings-general.php)

Now you can set up your plugin like:

class WPSFTest {
	 * @var string
	private $plugin_path;

	 * @var WordPressSettingsFramework
	private $wpsf;

	 * WPSFTest constructor.
	function __construct() {
		$this->plugin_path = plugin_dir_path( __FILE__ );

		// Include and create a new WordPressSettingsFramework
		require_once( $this->plugin_path . 'wp-settings-framework/wp-settings-framework.php' );
		$this->wpsf = new WordPressSettingsFramework( $this->plugin_path . 'settings/settings-general.php', 'prefix_settings_general' );

		// Add admin menu
		add_action( 'admin_menu', array( $this, 'add_settings_page' ), 20 );
		// Add an optional settings validation filter (recommended)
		add_filter( $this->wpsf->get_option_group() . '_settings_validate', array( &$this, 'validate_settings' ) );

	 * Add settings page.
	function add_settings_page() {
		$this->wpsf->add_settings_page( array(
			'parent_slug' => 'woocommerce',
			'page_title'  => __( 'Page Title', 'text-domain' ),
			'menu_title'  => __( 'menu Title', 'text-domain' ),
			'capability'  => 'manage_woocommerce',
		) );

	 * Validate settings.
	 * @param $input
	 * @return mixed
	function validate_settings( $input ) {
		// Do your settings validation here
		// Same as $sanitize_callback from
		return $input;

	// ...

Your settings values can be accessed like so:

// Get settings

This will get either the saved setting values, or the default values that you set in your settings file.

Or by getting individual settings:

// Get individual setting
$setting = wpsf_get_setting( 'prefix_settings_general', 'general', 'text' );

The Settings Files

The settings files work by filling the global $wpsf_settings array with data in the following format:

$wpsf_settings[] = array(
    'section_id' => 'general', // The section ID (required)
    'section_title' => 'General Settings', // The section title (required)
    'section_description' => 'Some intro description about this section.', // The section description (optional)
    'section_order' => 5, // The order of the section (required)
    'fields' => array(
            'id' => 'text',
            'title' => 'Text',
            'desc' => 'This is a description.',
            'placeholder' => 'This is a placeholder.',
            'type' => 'text',
            'default' => 'This is the default value'
            'id' => 'select',
            'title' => 'Select',
            'desc' => 'This is a description.',
            'type' => 'select',
            'default' => 'green',
            'choices' => array(
                'red' => 'Red',
                'green' => 'Green',
                'blue' => 'Blue'

        // add as many fields as you need...


Valid fields values are:

  • id - Field ID
  • title - Field title
  • desc - Field description
  • placeholder - Field placeholder
  • type - Field type (text/password/textarea/select/radio/checkbox/checkboxes/color/file)
  • default - Default value (or selected option)
  • choices - Array of options (for select/radio/checkboxes)

See settings/example-settings.php for an example of possible values.

API Details

new WordPressSettingsFramework( string $settings_file [, string $option_group = ''] )

Creates a new settings option_group based on a setttings file.

  • $settings_file - path to the settings file
  • $option_group - optional "option_group" override (by default this will be set to the basename of the settings file)
wpsf_get_setting( $option_group, $section_id, $field_id )

Get a setting from an option group

  • $option_group - option group id.
  • $section_id - section id (change to [{$tab_id}_{$section_id}] when using tabs.
  • $field_id - field id.
wpsf_delete_settings( $option_group )

Delete all the saved settings from a option group

  • $option_group - option group id

Actions & Filters


  • wpsf_register_settings_[option_group] - The filter used to register your settings. See settings/example-settings.php for an example.
  • [option_group]_settings_validate - Basically the $sanitize_callback from register_setting. Use $wpsf->get_option_group() to get the option group id.
  • wpsf_defaults_[option_group] - Default args for a settings field


  • wpsf_before_field_[option_group] - Before a field HTML is output
  • wpsf_before_field_[option_group]_[field_id] - Before a field HTML is output
  • wpsf_after_field_[option_group] - After a field HTML is output
  • wpsf_after_field_[option_group]_[field_id] - After a field HTML is output
  • wpsf_before_settings_[option_group] - Before settings form HTML is output
  • wpsf_after_settings_[option_group] - After settings form HTML is output
  • wpsf_before_settings_fields_[option_group] - Before settings form fields HTML is output (inside the <form>)
  • wpsf_do_settings_sections_[option_group] - Settings form fields HTMLoutput (inside the <form>)
  • wpsf_do_settings_sections_[option_group] - Settings form fields HTMLoutput (inside the <form>)
  • wpsf_before_tab_links_[option_group] - Before tabs HTML is output
  • wpsf_after_tab_links_[option_group] - After tabs HTML is output


The WordPress Settings Framework was created by Gilbert Pellegrom from Dev7studios and maintained by James Kemp from Iconic

Please contribute by reporting bugs and submitting pull requests.

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