I am using a custom code to make certain plugin's functionality available only with particular capabilities.

Here is the code:

// Check if User can Edit
// Set permission to false = 'not allowed'
$current_user_is_allowed_to_edit = false;
// Get the ID of the user who watches this post
$user_ID = get_current_user_id();
// Get the ID of the Post-Writer
$post_author_ID = the_author_meta('ID');

//   Check if User has role 'Editor' and higher  OR is the Post-Writer
if ( current_user_can('edit_others_posts') ||  get_post(filter_input(INPUT_POST, 'post_id'))->post_author == get_current_user_id() ) {

    // Set permission to true = 'allowed'
    $current_user_is_allowed_to_edit = true;

I want $post_author_ID = the_author_meta('ID'); only to set the capability to access particular content { live_edit('post_title, myfield2'); } and not to publish the id. But it publishes some number on every post which I don't want. Here is the complate template

Also let me know If I am not using the correct way to restrict access to particular content- { live_edit('post_title, myfield2'); }

1 Answer 1


the_author_meta displays the data. That is, it echos the data to the screen. From the Codex entry for that function:

NOTE: Use get_the_author_meta() if you need to return (not display) the information.

So, use get_the_author_meta() instead.

There is a somewhat reliable pattern in WordPress function naming whereby functions starting with the_ echo data to the screen; functions starting with get_ return the data.


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