[wp-hackers] get_option for an element in an array

DD32 wordpress at dd32.id.au
Tue Nov 25 23:55:52 GMT 2008

The full array is stored as a serialised string in the database, so  
regardless, it needs to be fully loaded and fully decoded.
If you have autoload = 'yes' then this will happen when WP loads  
initially, regardless of if you use the contents.

The deserialization only occurs once per page load.

On Wed, 26 Nov 2008 10:50:32 +1100, Ade Walker <photofantaisie at gmail.com>  

> Hi all,
> In a plugin I'm working on, the option settings are saved as an array. I
> normally use something like this to extract a specific setting within the
> array:
> $myOptions = get_option('my_plugin_settings');
> echo $myOptions['specific_setting'];
> Is there a way of directly retrieving the specific setting within the  
> array
> without having to retrieve the entire contents of the array first?  Maybe
> this doesn't matter too much, but what if the array contains a lot of
> settings and data (thinking of performance)?
> Thanks in advance.
> Ade.
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