I am trying to hide the pages H1 header IF a custom field specifies this.

On a page back end I have added a custom field: Name = hide_title Value = true

I then want to hide only the H1 using a filter.

The following code does not work but is the result of my noodling around. Can anyone suggest a fix for this code or an alternate way of approaching this. I do not want to amend the core template files.


    // Hide H1 Title

    add_filter('the_title', 'hide_title', 10, 2);

    function hide_title($title, $id) {

        global $post;
        $key = 'hide_title';
        $meta = get_post_meta($post->ID, $key, true);

        if ($meta = 'true') $title['post_title'] = '';
        return $title;


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Depending on the way your theme uses the_title, hooking into the the_title filter may or may not hide the title h1. What theme are you using?

The the_title filter passes two arguments: the title (string) and the post ID. Therefore, treating the title as an array (it looks like you're assuming $title is an array of post data, trying to set $title['post_title']. To have the_title return an empty string if the custom field "hide_title" is not empty, the following would suffice:

add_filter( 'the_title', 'wpse145940_hide_hidden_title', 10, 2 );

function wpse145940_hide_hidden_title( $title, $postid ) {
    if ( get_post_meta( $postid, 'hide_title', true ) ) {
        $title = '';

    return $title;
  • Using Woothemes Canvas. Worked perfectly. Made one alteration: if ( get_post_meta( $postid, 'hide_title', true ) == 'true' ) { So that the value of the custom field had to be true (rather than just existing). Thanks
    – ejntaylor
    May 29, 2014 at 16:17

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