I have a custom taxonomy called 'game'; posts have a taxonomy value, i.e. Halo, which then has seven different fields; game_name, game_genre etc.

I'm trying to echo the meta data for a given post's custom taxonomy albeit without much luck. The small piece of PHP that I tried to use to echo the metadata for the field game_name (designed to be run in a PHP widget) doesn't appear to work. It uses a custom hook created by the plugin Simple Term Meta

global $term;
echo get_term_meta($term->ID, 'game_name', true);

Any help in sorting this out would be appreciated, I didn't realise it'd be this complicated.

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I assume you're trying to use this when viewing a single post? For example, in single.php?

If so, you'll need to grab the terms first, then grab your meta.

global $post;

if ( $terms = get_the_terms( $post->ID, 'game' ) ) {

    // $term = $terms[0]; // WRONG! $terms is indexed by term ID!
    $term = array_shift( $terms ); // RIGHT! Will get first term, and remove it from $terms array

    echo get_term_meta( $term->term_id, 'game_name', true );



Since the level of code has increased, you'd be much better off wrapping it in a function. Place the following in your functions.php;

 * Get the game box image for a post.
 * @param int|object $post
 * @return string
function get_game_box_image( $post = 0 )
    if ( ( !$post = get_post( $post ) ) || ( !$terms = get_the_terms( $post->ID, 'game' ) ) )
        return ''; // bail

    $term = array_shift( $terms );
    if ( $box = get_term_meta( $term->term_id, 'game_box', true ) ) {

        $rel = str_replace( content_url(), '', $box );
        if ( is_file( WP_CONTENT_DIR . '/' . ltrim( $rel, '/' ) ) )
            return '<div style="text-align: center;"><img src="' . $box . '" alt="" /></div>';

    return '';

Then to display the game box image, call it like so;

<?php echo get_game_box_image(); ?>

You can optionally pass a post object or ID argument to the function to get a game box image for a specific post.

  • Err no this is being used in a PHP widget in a sidebar. And unfortunately that still doesn't work :/ Mar 12, 2011 at 16:48
  • Okaay... What do you get if your printr($post); and printr($terms);? Mar 12, 2011 at 16:57
  • Fatal error: Call to undefined function printr() in /home/arranf/co-opreviews.com/wp-content/plugins/linkable-title-html-and-php-widget/linkable-title-html-and-php-widget.php(44) : eval()'d code on line 4 Mar 12, 2011 at 17:47
  • Wow, mega fail for me - should be print_r Mar 12, 2011 at 19:42
  • Ok, done the print. pastebin.com/7BibWLXY Mar 12, 2011 at 23:01

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