add_theme_page( string $page_title, string $menu_title, string $capability, string $menu_slug, callable $callback = , int $position = null ): string|false

Adds a submenu page to the Appearance main menu.


This function takes a capability which will be used to determine whether or not a page is included in the menu.

The function which is hooked in to handle the output of the page must check that the user has the required capability as well.


The text to be displayed in the title tags of the page when the menu is selected.
The text to be used for the menu.
The capability required for this menu to be displayed to the user.
The slug name to refer to this menu by (should be unique for this menu).
The function to be called to output the content for this page.


The position in the menu order this item should appear.



string|false The resulting page’s hook_suffix, or false if the user does not have the capability required.

More Information

  • This function is a simple wrapper for a call to add_submenu_page(), passing the received arguments and specifying 'themes.php'as the $parent_slug argument. This means the new page will be added as a sub menu to the Appearance menu.
  • The $capability parameter is used to determine whether or not the page is included in the menu based on the Roles and Capabilities) of the current user.
  • The function handling the output of the options page should also verify the user’s capabilities.


function add_theme_page( $page_title, $menu_title, $capability, $menu_slug, $callback = '', $position = null ) {
	return add_submenu_page( 'themes.php', $page_title, $menu_title, $capability, $menu_slug, $callback, $position );


5.3.0Added the $position parameter.

User Contributed Notes

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    This is from the WordPress Codex, which states that add_theme_page must be called early. Therefore, calling the function in the ‘admin_init’ hook will make role capabilities invalid in regard to theme page created.

    Use the ‘admin_menu’ hook instead using an example as shown:

    function add_test_theme_page() {
    	add_theme_page( 'Theme Title Settings', 'Theme Menu Settings', 'edit_theme_options', 'test-theme-options', 'theme_option_page' );
    add_action( 'admin_menu', 'add_test_theme_page' );
    function theme_option_page() {
    	echo 'This is a test theme options page!';

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