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How to exit from plugin execution mid-stream?

  • I’m developing a plugin and on a certain condition, I need it to completely exit my plugin and continue doing whatever else WP needs to do (other plugins, whatever).

    The problem I’m having is that any use of “return” just exits the function being executed at that moment, and not the entire plugin. So execution is allowed to continue when I want it to bail out completely.

    Is there a way to do this? I can’t use die() because WP itself needs to complete. I just need my plugin to give up and let everything move past it.

    Grateful for any suggestions…


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  • You need to change how you are doing whatever you are doing. But however you do it, you’ll need to make use of conditional statements.

    I narrowed part of my issue down to $post not being available within my function, despite being called as a global.

    I’ve been searching all morning but am not finding exactly why this is. I expected if I did global $post; then I could access $post->ID but for some reason it doesn’t pass at all.

    Is there some limitation to passing $post within a function called by a hook?


    Turns out $post only seems to be available to hooks running on the_content. I can now get the value I need from $post, but unfortunately the value is also always echoed to the screen. Despite me returning it, it’s being displayed and I’m not sure why.

    How can I retrieve the $post->ID value I need from my the_content filter or action, without it printing to screen?

    add_filter('the_content', 'return_post_id');
    function return_post_id()
    	global $post;
    	$keyword = get_post_meta( $post->ID, '_wpg_def_keyword', true );
    	return $keyword;

    This is always echoing $keyword when I only want it returned.



    Been fighting with this all day & night and no matter what I try, the result of my function is always echoed and never returned to be used in the function that called the add_filter. What am I missing??


    That’s how the filter works.

    WordPress core is such that you only have access to the global $post variable inside ‘the loop’.

    Use the ‘the_content’ filter if you want to change what post content gets sent to the browser. If you want to do something else, use a different hook.

    I understand all that. And as you can see in the code snippet I posted, I can get what I need using the_content without an issue.

    The problem is, it is then echoed TO THE SCREEN every time, and does NOT get returned.

    So again I ask – how can I keep it from being echoed, and how can I get the value to return to the calling function so I can use it?


    Turns out the answer was simply to use url_to_postid like this:

    $keyword = get_post_meta( url_to_postid( “http://”.$_SERVER[‘SERVER_NAME’].$_SERVER[‘REQUEST_URI’] ), ‘_wpg_def_keyword’, true );

    Works perfectly even from init.


    Bookmark your topic and come back and read it 6 – 12 months time.

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