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maybe_serialize() WP 1.0

Serialize data, if needed.

No Hooks.

Return

Mixed. A scalar data.

Usage

maybe_serialize( $data );
$data(string|array|object) (required)
Data that might be serialized.

Changelog

Since 2.0.5 Introduced.

Code of maybe_serialize() WP 5.8.1

function maybe_serialize( $data ) {
	if ( is_array( $data ) || is_object( $data ) ) {
		return serialize( $data );
	}

	/*
	 * Double serialization is required for backward compatibility.
	 * See https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/12930
	 * Also the world will end. See WP 3.6.1.
	 */
	if ( is_serialized( $data, false ) ) {
		return serialize( $data );
	}

	return $data;
}

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