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The WordPress hook "user_profile_update_errors" is a hook that is fired when there are errors during the updating of a user’s profile. It provides a way for developers to modify or display error messages related to user profile updates.

This hook is useful when you want to customize the error messages that are displayed to users when they encounter issues while updating their profiles. By hooking into "user_profile_update_errors", you can add your own error messages, modify existing messages, or even perform additional validation checks.

Here’s an example usage code that demonstrates how to use the "user_profile_update_errors" hook:

// Add a custom error message when the user's email is already in use
function custom_user_profile_update_errors( $errors, $update, $user ) {
    // Check if the email is already in use
    if ( is_wp_error( $errors ) && $errors->get_error_code() === 'email_exists' ) {
        // Add a custom error message
        $errors->add( 'email_exists', 'This email address is already in use. Please choose a different one.' );

    return $errors;
add_filter( 'user_profile_update_errors', 'custom_user_profile_update_errors', 10, 3 );

In the example above, we are checking if the error code is "email_exists" which indicates that the user’s email is already in use. If it matches, we add a custom error message using the add() method of the $errors object. This message will be displayed to the user when they encounter the email already exists error.

By utilizing the "user_profile_update_errors" hook, you have the ability to enhance the user experience by providing clearer and more informative error messages during profile updates.

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