How to call wordpress functions from a form processing script

I’m working on a plugin which submits data via a form from a custom admin page. This is a simplified version of my form:

<form action=”<?php echo plugin_dir_path(); ?>/process.php” method=”post”>
<input type=”text” name=”keyName”>
<input type=”submit” value=”Update”>
</form>

The form is inside my main php file for the plugin, so it has access to all the wordpress functions like the plugin_dir_path() I called above.

However when the user clicks the “submit” button, and the $_POST variable is submitted to the “process.php” script, I lose access to all the wordpress functions in that process script.

I searched how to add wordpress functions into external scripts and I saw this question: How can I call WordPress core functions in external scripts?

The answer provided is that I include this line of code at the top of my processing script:

require_once(“wp-load.php”);

However when I do the “wp-load.php” is appended to the end of the current url which results in a 404 type error. I can’t use the “get_site_directory()” function to point to the main wordpress install directory because it’s a wordpress function.

How can I make this work? Is there an action hook I should be using to submit the form vs my own custom submit button?

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