WordPress storing theme options

Mar 13, 2012   //   by phpfreelancer.biz   //   Blog, Wordpress Theme Tutorial  //  No Comments

I am currently storing all of my theme options individually using the update_option(name, value); function, but I am thinking of putting them all into an array, serializing it, and storing a single option in the database.

Serialization is not necessary. There are built-in methods for storing theme options neatly in an array.
Here is a complete example including all of the necessary code:
First, in your theme’s functions.php file, you have to register the settings you will be using by writing a little function and using the WordPress hook to activate it.

    function my_theme_admin_init() {
        register_setting('my_options', 'my_theme_options');

    add_action('admin_init', 'my_theme_admin_init');

advantage of the WordPress built-in functionality that handles saving the options

<form method="post" action="options.php">
    // Load the options from the WP db
    $options = get_option('my_theme_options');
    // WP built-in function to display the appropriate fields for saving options
    settings_fields("my_options"); ?>
    <table class="form-table">
            <th scope="row">Facebook URL:</th>
                <input type="text" name="my_theme_options[facebook]" size="40" value="<?php echo stripslashes($options["facebook"]); ?>" />
            <th scope="row">Twitter URL:</th>
                <input type="text" name="my_theme_options[twitter]" size="40" value="<?php echo stripslashes($options["twitter"]); ?>" />
            <th scope="row">LinkedIn URL:</th>
                <input type="text" name="my_theme_options[linkedin]" size="40" value="<?php echo stripslashes($options["linkedin"]); ?>" />
    <p class="submit">
        <input type="submit" class="button-primary" value="<?php _e('Save Changes') ?>" />

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