I am working on some rather elaborate comparisons between metadata and having a bit of trouble correctly referring to results from my query. The first query to establish $team_is_home works fine but as soon as I try to capture the ID of the posts where the $team_is_homeit goes a bit haywire and I get warnings saying: "Undefined property: WP_Query::$post "

$args = array(
       'post_type' => 'match_report',
       'post_status' => 'publish',
       'meta_query' => array(
                 'key' => 'report_home-select',
                 'value' => $team_id,
                 'compare' => '=',

    $hometeams = new WP_Query($args);       
    $team_is_home =  $hometeams->found_posts;
    $scorehome = get_post_meta($hometeams->post->ID, 'report_homescore'); 

How should I be reffering to $hometeams->post->ID to avoid getting this warning?

3 Answers 3


First of all post field of WP_Query is current post ID and not post object. But I don't think you should use it before calling the_post() method.

Normally you should do it in this way:

$args = ...
$hometeams = new WP_Query( $args );
$teamishome = $hometeams->have_posts();
while ( $hometeams->have_posts() ) {
  $scorehome = get_post_meta($post->ID, 'report_homescore', true); // you want only one meta, not all array I guess.
  • That's it. Thank you very much. I hadn't thought about it not being in its own loop (its already in another one.) Methinks this code is going to be very loopy.
    – mantis
    Jun 19, 2013 at 13:45
  • It seems I have another problem now. Because I changed $hometeams->the_post();my first loop is no longer valid. I may have to ask another question. Arhg!
    – mantis
    Jun 19, 2013 at 14:06
  • Add wp_reset_postdata after enwhile of your $hometeams loop. Jun 19, 2013 at 15:11
  • I did but it only resets that weren't affected by $hometeams. The others are reset to the ID of the page I am on.
    – mantis
    Jun 19, 2013 at 15:17
  • I was thinking I had to reset the original query wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/103508/cloning-a-wp-query
    – mantis
    Jun 19, 2013 at 15:34

If you var_dump($hometeams); you will see that $hometeams->post is set to the first post in the query results even before $hometeams->the_post runs. WP_Query initializes it automatically if you have posts in the result set.

The "Undefined Property" warning occurs when your result set is empty, and thus $hometeams->post can't be set/initialized.

You need to check that you have a populated $hometeams->post before trying to use it. If you use while ( $hometeams->have_posts() ) { as suggested in one answer or foreach($hometeams->posts as $key => $post){ as in another you are looping over $hometeams->posts and so are avoiding the issue with $hometeams->post completely.

Another option would be...

if (!empty($hometeams->post)) {
  $scorehome = get_post_meta($hometeams->post->ID, 'report_homescore'); 

... however, since your query does not contain 'posts_per_page' => 1 you need to be using a loop or you will only get one of the potentially large number of posts in the result set.

Be sure to run reset_postdata after your secondary Loop to reset $post, or wp_reset_query if necessary.

  • I went with the loop option as it made the most sense and as I wanted to include an else statement in the event there were no posts (matches) which will be how the season will start. I'm having a hard time resetting the post query as when I use wp_reset_postdata() it resets the loop to the page I am on. I am now trying to clone the query I was thinking I had to reset the original query wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/103508/cloning-a-wp-query
    – mantis
    Jun 19, 2013 at 15:35
  • Yes, it probably does make the most sense to use the Loop from the accepted answer, but that answer didn't explain why exactly you were having the problem, so I did.
    – s_ha_dum
    Jun 19, 2013 at 15:38
  • You're right, and thank you. I am having a difficult time getting my head around WP_Query. I'll certainly take any help I can get!
    – mantis
    Jun 19, 2013 at 15:42

You can do it with foreach also

$args = ...
$hometeams = new WP_Query( $args );
foreach($hometeams->posts as $key => $post){
    echo get_post_meta($post->ID, 'report_homescore', true);

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