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Theme Options

Theme option containers are used to add pages with options in the back-end. Field data is stored as options.

By default, theme options containers automatically create main page in the admin area menu named “Theme Options”. In most cases these default settings are sufficient, but if you need to change the title or the location of a page in the menu, read the “Multiple option pages” section below.

use Carbon_Fields\Container;
use Carbon_Fields\Field;

Container::make('theme_options', 'Theme Options')
        Field::make('text', 'crb_facebook_url'),
        Field::make('textarea', 'crb_footer_text')

Multiple option pages

It is sometimes needed to create more than one option page. At other times you need to place different pages in different sections in the admin menu. For example, you might have extensive list of settings for the background that you would want to place on a separate Theme options page under Appearance.

To change the location of your Theme Options page, you use set_page_parent($parent), where $parent is either:

  • Title of a top level Theme Options page.
  • Indentificator of a top level menu section in the admin menu sidebar. This corresponds to the $parent_slug parameter of add_submenu_page(). You can see all predefined page parents here.

Below you see sample code for creating three theme option containers:

use Carbon_Fields\Container;
use Carbon_Fields\Field;

// Default options page
Container::make('theme_options', 'Basic Options')
        Field::make('header_scripts', 'crb_header_script'),
        Field::make('footer_scripts', 'crb_footer_script'),

// Add second options page under 'Basic Options'
Container::make('theme_options', 'Social Links')
    ->set_page_parent('Basic Options')  // title of a top level Theme Options page
        Field::make('text', 'crb_facebook_link'),
        Field::make('text', 'crb_twitter_link')

// Add third options page under "Appearance"
Container::make('theme_options', 'Customize Background')
    ->set_page_parent('themes.php') // identificator of the "Appearance" admin section
        Field::make('color', 'crb_background_color'),
        Field::make('image', 'crb_background_image')

For detailed information on managing admin pages, see Administration_Menus.

Every theme options container requires a level of permission, which by default is set to edit_themes (read more about permissions: Roles & Capabilities).

You can change the permission required to view your options page using set_page_permissions($permission)

Custom menu icon

To change the icon of your Theme Options page, you use set_icon($icon), where $icon can be one of the values, supported in the $icon_url parameter of the add_menu_page() function.

Below you see an example for setting up the icon of the theme options page:

use Carbon_Fields\Container;
use Carbon_Fields\Field;

Container::make('theme_options', 'Basic Options')
        Field::make('text', 'crb_test_field'),
NB! You can specify custom icons only to parent theme options pages.

Accessing field values

To retrieve field values from a theme options container, you need to use the function carbon_get_theme_option($name, $type = null), where:

Parameter Description
$name The name of the field to be retrieved.
$type (optional) If the field you want to retrieve is of type complex, you need to pass "complex".
<p>Copyright <?php echo carbon_get_theme_option('crb_copyright'); ?></p>
    Office locations:
    $address_lines = carbon_get_theme_option('crb_addresses', 'complex');
    foreach ($address_lines as $line) {
        echo $line . '<br/>';

After saving, the carbon_after_save_theme_options hook is called, which allows you to hook additional functionality after saving.

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