As geo mashup only retrieves post_meta, I am trying to copy over the geo_location from a custom registration field into the meta for page containing the map.

The code I am using is:

$blogusers = get_users_of_blog();
if ($blogusers) {
foreach ($blogusers as $bloguser) {
$user = get_userdata($bloguser->user_id);
$user_location = the_author_meta('geo_address', $user->ID);
 add_post_meta( 463, 'geo_move', $user_location); 


This creates the post meta, but the value is written as a blank, so it looks like $user_location isn't working. Any suggestions?

1 Answer 1


First of all get_users_of_blog has been deprecated, so you should use get_users instead, or run a WP_User_Query.

After that, the_author_meta echo the meta value, not return anything. To return the meta you should use get_the_author_meta()

$blogusers = get_users( $args ); // for args see codex

if ($blogusers) {
  foreach ( $blogusers as $bloguser ) {
    $user_location = get_the_author_meta('geo_address', $bloguser->ID );
    $has_meta = get_post_meta(463, 'geo_move', true);
    if ($user_location && ! $has_meta) add_post_meta( 463, 'geo_move', $user_location);
  • And that's done it! A supplemental query - if I add this as a function, will it duplicate the fields every time the site is refreshed? I'm testing it in a page template and every refresh duplicates the content
    – Paul Aston
    Nov 8, 2013 at 19:22
  • @PaulAston I've edited the answer to prevent duplicates.
    – gmazzap
    Nov 8, 2013 at 19:48
  • Above and beyond! That's great!
    – Paul Aston
    Nov 8, 2013 at 20:11

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