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I need help!

I'm doing this template page and I want to get content from pages with the same meta_key. I want to display all pages thumbnails that has the value "red" in the meta_key.

The problem is that the meta_key value in the db is a string... I get nothing with this:

$Red = 'a:1:{i:0;s:9:"Red";}';
$Red = unserialize($Red);

$pages = get_pages(array('meta_key' => 'color', 'meta_value' => $red[0]));
 foreach ($pages as $page):

    <?php echo get_the_post_thumbnail($page->ID, 'thumbnail'); ?>
    <?php echo $page->post_title; ?>

    <?php echo $page->post_content; ?>
    <?php endforeach; ?>

What am i doing wrong?

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Your code snippet is full of errors.

  • The serialized string is invalid, it's only 3 chars instead of 9, unserialization will not work, it will trigger an error.
  • Variables are case sensitive, $red doesn't exist, it's $Red, this will trigger an error too.
  • The <?php ?> tags are redundant and invalid since there already must be an opening PHP tag, ofcourse this will also trigger an error.

Also I don't understand why the meta value being a string should be a problem?

Works fine:

$red = 'a:1:{i:0;s:3:"Red";}';
$red = unserialize($red);

$pages = get_pages(array('meta_key' => 'color', 'meta_value' => $red[0]));
foreach($pages as $page)
    echo get_the_post_thumbnail($page->ID, 'thumbnail');
    echo $page->post_title;
    echo $page->post_content;
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I get a:1:{i:0;s:9:"Red";} from the mySQL db, i'dont made that up :) . My problem is that I dont get any results when i write this code. I get nothing putting out 'meta_value' => $red[0])); from the code either. – Andy79 Oct 15 '12 at 17:39
I see, however that needs to be fixed if you must work with these serialized values. Instead of a variable, try using a hard coded value as a test, ie 'meta_value' => 'Red', also make sure that you are using the correct upper and lower case, ie that color is actually lower case, and Red is upper case in the database. – ndm Oct 15 '12 at 18:02
thank you so much for your help. I fixed the string now, sonow it says only "red" in the database, i trying this but it wont work! <?php get_pages("meta_key=color&number=3&title_li=&"); ?> but this work <?php wp_list_pages("meta_key=color&number=3&title_li=&"); ?> do you know why get_pages dosent work for me – Andy79 Oct 15 '12 at 19:29
There are lots of possible reasons... the most obvious is that wp_list_pages passes some modified defaults to get_pages, specifically exclude and hierarchical, where hierarchical is set to 0 as opposed to 1 when using get_pages directly. exclude might be different in case filters are active for wp_list_pages_excludes. To find out what exactly is different, do a var_dump on $r in the get_pages and wp_list_pages functions. – ndm Oct 15 '12 at 19:58

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