update_option ( $option, $value, $autoload = null )

  • (string) option Name of the option to update. Expected to not be SQL-escaped.
  • (mixed) value Option value. Must be serializable if non-scalar. Expected to not be SQL-escaped.
  • (string|bool) autoload Optional. Whether to load the option when WordPress starts up. For existing options, `$autoload` can only be updated using `update_option()` if `$value` is also changed. Accepts 'yes'|true to enable or 'no'|false to disable. Autoloading too many options can lead to performance problems, especially if the options are not frequently used. For options which are accessed across several places in the frontend, it is recommended to autoload them, by using 'yes'|true. For options which are accessed only on few specific URLs, it is recommended to not autoload them, by using 'no'|false. For non-existent options, the default value is 'yes'. Default null.
  • (bool) True if the value was updated, false otherwise.
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Updates the value of an option that was already added.You do not need to serialize values. If the value needs to be serialized, then it will be serialized before it is inserted into the database. Remember, resources cannot be serialized or added as an option. If the option does not exist, it will be created. This function is designed to work with or without a logged-in user. In terms of security, plugin developers should check the current user's capabilities before updating any options.

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update_site_option, update_user_option, update_blog_option, delete_option, populate_options

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