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  • You cannot do what you are attempting to do with only a server side action run when the post is saved.

    In addition it is the WP save_post action that triggers the acf/save_post action. If you insert or update a post in any way by using wp_insert_post() or wp_update_post() this will trigger will cause ACF to update fields if any ACF fields are submitted. ACF looks at $_POST['acf'] and if it contains anything it save the content to the post ID that was just added or updated. ACF is triggered by the save_post WP hook.

    Sorry, I am at a loss as how I can explain this further.

    Here is an example. Let’s say that I want to trigger a special message about the post being saved.

    In my functions.php file I would add something like

    add_action('acf/save_post', 'my_special_message_function', 20);
    function my_special_message_function($post_id) {
      // acf saved the post, set a flag in the DB
      update_post_meta($post_id, 'my_special_message_flag', 1);

    Then in my template that outputs the code where this message might appear I add

    $flag = get_post_meta($post->ID, 'my_special_message_flag', true);
    if ($flag == 1) {
       // show the special message
       echo 'The Post Was Saved';
       // unset the flag so it is not triggered again
       delete_post_meta($post->ID, 'my_special_message_flag');

    The same would be true if you want to determine what the output will be during the save action. The only difference would be that you would have to temporarily store all of the content that you want to be shown, and this would include the entire <script> tag if you wanted to add java script to the page.