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The password_reset hook is a WordPress action hook that is triggered when a user requests a password reset. This hook allows developers to perform additional actions during the password reset process, such as sending a custom email notification or performing extra validation.

When a user initiates a password reset by clicking on the "Forgot password" link or using the password reset form, the password_reset hook is fired. This allows developers to hook into this event and execute their own custom code.

The password_reset hook is commonly used to customize the password reset process to fit specific requirements. For example, a developer could use this hook to send a customized email template to the user with instructions on resetting their password. Another use case might be to add custom validation or additional security measures before allowing the password reset to proceed.

Here is an example usage code for the password_reset hook:

function custom_password_reset_email( $user_data, $reset_key ) {
    // Customize the password reset email
    $email_subject = 'Password Reset Requested';
    $email_body = 'Dear user, please follow this link to reset your password: ' . wp_password_reset_url( $reset_key );
    $email_headers = 'Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8';

    // Send the customized email
    wp_mail( $user_data->user_email, $email_subject, $email_body, $email_headers );
add_action( 'password_reset', 'custom_password_reset_email', 10, 2 );

In this example, we have created a custom function custom_password_reset_email that is hooked to the password_reset action. The function receives two parameters: $user_data contains the user data of the user requesting the password reset, and $reset_key is the unique key generated for the password reset process.

Inside the function, we customize the email subject and body to include the password reset URL using the wp_password_reset_url() function. Finally, we use the wp_mail() function to send the customized email to the user.

By using the password_reset hook, we can easily modify the default password reset behavior and add our own customizations to the process.

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