add_settings_section( string $id, string $title, callable $callback, string $page )

Add a new section to a settings page.

Description Description

Part of the Settings API. Use this to define new settings sections for an admin page. Show settings sections in your admin page callback function with do_settings_sections(). Add settings fields to your section with add_settings_field()

The $callback argument should be the name of a function that echoes out any content you want to show at the top of the settings section before the actual fields. It can output nothing if you want.

Parameters Parameters


(string) (Required) Slug-name to identify the section. Used in the 'id' attribute of tags.


(string) (Required) Formatted title of the section. Shown as the heading for the section.


(callable) (Required) Function that echos out any content at the top of the section (between heading and fields).


(string) (Required) The slug-name of the settings page on which to show the section. Built-in pages include 'general', 'reading', 'writing', 'discussion', 'media', etc. Create your own using add_options_page();

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Source Source

File: wp-admin/includes/template.php

function add_settings_section($id, $title, $callback, $page) {
	global $wp_settings_sections;

	if ( 'misc' == $page ) {
		_deprecated_argument( __FUNCTION__, '3.0.0',
			/* translators: %s: misc */
			sprintf( __( 'The "%s" options group has been removed. Use another settings group.' ),
		$page = 'general';

	if ( 'privacy' == $page ) {
		_deprecated_argument( __FUNCTION__, '3.5.0',
			/* translators: %s: privacy */
			sprintf( __( 'The "%s" options group has been removed. Use another settings group.' ),
		$page = 'reading';

	$wp_settings_sections[$page][$id] = array('id' => $id, 'title' => $title, 'callback' => $callback);

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Version Description
2.7.0 Introduced.

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User Contributed Notes User Contributed Notes

  1. Skip to note 1 content
    Contributed by Ivan Shulev

    Example usage
    The callback function receives a single optional argument, which is an array with three elements.

    	__( 'Example settings section in reading', 'textdomain' ),
     * Settings section display callback.
     * @param array $args Display arguments.
    function wpdocs_setting_section_callback_function( $args ) {
    	// echo section intro text here
    	echo '<p>id: ' . esc_html( $args['id'] ) . '</p>';                         // id: eg_setting_section
    	echo '<p>title: ' . apply_filters( 'the_title', $args['title'] ) . '</p>'; // title: Example settings section in reading
    	echo '<p>callback: ' . esc_html( $args['callback'] ) . '</p>';             // callback: eg_setting_section_callback_function
  2. Skip to note 2 content
    Contributed by Dhaval kasavala

    Example add_settings_section with php class

    class custom_setting {
    	function __construct() {
    		 * register wp_setting_init to the admin_init action hook
    		add_action('admin_init', array($this,'wp_setting_init'));		
    	function wp_setting_init() {
    	    // register a new setting for "reading" page
    	    register_setting('reading', 'page_limit');
    	    // register a new section in the "reading" page
    	        'WP Custom Setting Section',
    	 * callback functions
    	// section content cb
    	function wp_custom_setting_section_cb() {
    	    esc_html_e('Page limit is 10','text-domain');
    new custom_setting();

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