user1190132 user1190132 - 4 months ago 13x
Ajax Question

Function not executing properly when being called by button click

I have an ajax request that looks like this:

$('#clear_cache').click(function (event) {
var ajaxurl = "clearcache.php";
$.post(ajaxurl, function () {
$('<p>The cache was cleared successfully.</p>').insertAfter('#clear_cache');

The clearcache.php file looks like this:

do_action( 'clear_terms', 'clear_transients' );

function clear_transients() {
global $wpdb;
$sql = "delete from {$wpdb->options}
where option_name like '_transient_cc%'";
return $wpdb->query($sql);

I know the ajax request is linking ok to the php file because when I clear out the php file and click on my button the request is made. I feel like there's something wrong with my PHP file, like the function hasn't been setup correctly or I am making the wrong request type. However when I tested out this php code out in the same file as where my button is located it works ok (but this was using a query string method). Your help is much appreciated.


I see a couple things wrong here. If you are using ajax with WordPress you should be running it through the admin ajax url.

You aren't using do_action properly. The first parameter is the name of the action and the second should be the arguments for the action. I think you are confusing do_action with add_action.

It's best practice to use die() or better yet wp_die() when you finish your ajax handler. Alternatively if you are returning some output you can use wp_send_json()

Your ajaxurl should always point to the admin-ajax.php. If you are doing this on the admin side ajaxurl is already setup for you. If you are doing this on the frontend you should have a snippet like the following in your functions.php

add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'my_scripts' );

function my_scripts() {
    // the file where your javascript is located    
    wp_enqueue_script( 'ajax-script', get_template_directory_uri() . '/js/script.js', array('jquery') );

    // this makes the admin url available to your javascript
    wp_localize_script( 'ajax-script', 'ajax_object',
            array( 'ajaxurl' => admin_url( 'admin-ajax.php' ) ) );

You can then use ajax_object.ajaxurl in your javascript to get the right URL.

Your javascript may now look something like this:

$('#clear_cache').click(function (event) {
      var data = { action: 'clear_transients' }
      $.post( ajax_object.ajaxurl, data, function () {
          $('<p>The cache was cleared successfully.</p>').insertAfter('#clear_cache');

If you are running this in the admin just replace ajax_object.ajaxurl with ajaxurl. Notice the addition of the data variable. This will tell WordPress which action it should be running.

For your actions you should be using the wp_ajax_(action) for admin side or the wp_ajax_nopriv_(action) for the frontend.

This would change your ajax handler function to something like this:

// run on the admin side
add_action( 'wp_ajax_clear_transients', 'clear_transients' );

// or run on the frontend
add_action( 'wp_ajax_nopriv_clear_transients', 'clear_transients' );

function clear_transients() {
    global $wpdb;
    $sql = "DELETE FROM {$wpdb->options} WHERE option_name LIKE '_transient_cc%'";

Your ajax handler can also be placed in the functions.php.

One thing I did not mention is nonces. You should be using nonces for security. Nonces are used with check_ajax_referer to make sure ajax requests are originating from the correct source.