Basic usage

The Ajax class handles the WordPress mechanism for easily handling ajax requests.

Note: All the code in order to customize WordPress should be stored inside the resources/admin directory.

In order to listen to a WordPress ajax action, use the run method:

Ajax::run('my_action', 'both', function()
    // Perform security check before anything - nonce
    $value = $_POST['key'];

    // Perform your WordPress actions...

Here are the method details:

Ajax::run($action, $logged, $closure);
  • $action: string. Your custom action name for the Ajax request.
  • $logged: string. Possible values are true, false, both. You tell if the ajax action should be performed for logged in(true) or logged out(false) users or both.
  • $closure: callback. A callback function where you run your custom code.

Note: Older API was using the yes and no string parameters. You can still use them as well.


The code below shows a simple AJAX process. It uses a javascript file and a PHP file. Check the comments in the code for more tips/hints.

// This file is stored in resources/assets/js/application.js
// Let's assume this ajax request is made when a user click a button.
// When the ajax request is done, we simply display it in the console.
    url: themosis.ajaxurl, // Global access to the WordPress ajax handler file
    type: 'POST',
    dataType: 'json',
    data: {
        action: 'my-custom-action', // Your custom hook/action name
        security:, // A nonce value
        number: 2 // The value you want to send
    // This should print "4" in the console.

Now that the user has clicked the button and ran the ajax request. Let's handle it with our Ajax class.

    // This file is stored in resources/admin/ajax.php
    // This code listens for logged in and logged out users
    Ajax::run('my-custom-action', 'both', function(){   
        // Check nonce value
        check_ajax_referer(Session::nonceName, 'security');

        // Run custom code - Make sure to sanitize and check values before
        $result = 2 + $_POST['number'];

        // "Return" the result
        echo $result;

        // Close

The code above is using the Session::nonceName for the check_ajax_referer action name parameter. The session class only provides 2 constants you can use for WordPress nonce functions:

  • Session::nonceName
  • Session::nonceAction

WordPress does not use PHP session so there is no real session API provided by the framework yet.

Themosis Global Object

In the previous javascript example, we get access to some values using the following syntax:

    url: themosis.ajaxurl

This themosis global JSON object is located at the end of the closing </head> tag of any pages. By default, it contains the key/value pair ajaxurl but you can easily add more key/value pairs to this global object and access them in your code.

Note: This object is only available if you have installed a themosis-theme theme.

To add more values, you need to use the themosisGlobalObject filter like so:

add_filter('themosisGlobalObject', function($data)
    $data['myData'] = 'Some value';
    return $data;

This will output the following object:

var themosis = {
    ajaxurl = '',
    myData = 'Some value'

Customize object name

You can easily change the variable name of this global object. In order to do so, open the resources/config/application.config.php file and change the namespace value:

    'namespace' => 'themosis' // Change this value...

WordPress localize

If you need JS properties for use inside your scripts, please check the asset guide and the localize method.

More resources:

Here are a few other resources about WordPress Ajax:


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