PHP beginner here.

I purchased the Fluent-Framework plugin, which allows me to easily crease Post Types, Meta Boxes, and Option Pages within my theme. I am having trouble echoing the Meta Boxes, however.

Here are the official documents. My Post Type Name: front_page


<button> <pre><?php print_r ( get_post_meta( $post->ID, 'test', true) ); ?></pre> </button>

The HTML Output:

    <pre>Array ( [text] => This Is A Test ) </pre> 

My Meta (Fluent-Framework):

// $meta
$meta = array();

// $meta $args
$meta['text'] = array(
    'dash_icon' => 'list-view',
    'title' =>  __('Section Options', 'fluent'),
    'description' => __('This allows you to change the general settings for your new Section.','fluent'),
    'context' => 'normal',
    'priority' => 'high',
    'caps' => array(),
    'fields' => array(
        'text' => array(
            'type' => 'text',
            'title' => __('Section Style', 'fluent'),
            'sub_title' => __('Set to small, white, grey, dark, darker, black, or parallax one-four.', 'fluent'),
            'required' => true,
            'description' => __('This is just a text field.', 'fluent'),
            'default' => 'dark',
            'option_name' => 'test',
            'seperate' => true

I need it to return the value of the meta input. Can anyone help me? I'm really lost.

EDIT: Sorry for the 3rd party plugin question... just found out that kind of thing isn't allowed here. :)


  • do this. <button><?php echo get_post_meta( $post->ID, 'test', true); ?></button>
    – Robert hue
    Oct 28, 2014 at 17:19
  • This echoes "Array" as a string. Close - at least I'm echoing something! Mind helping me further? :) Oct 28, 2014 at 17:22
  • Try this also. <button><?php echo get_post_meta( $post_id, 'test', true); ?></button>. Where are you using it? Inside or outside the loop. If it returns a array then your post meta contains array.
    – Robert hue
    Oct 28, 2014 at 17:25
  • Returns blank, unfortunately. It is running inside of my loop. Oct 28, 2014 at 17:26
  • Okay, it's an array. use this and add output in your question. <pre><?php print_r ( get_post_meta( $post->ID, 'test', true) ); ?></pre>
    – Robert hue
    Oct 28, 2014 at 17:29

1 Answer 1


Okay as you added output of array. You can use the following to get the result. This will print the value of test meta key.

<button><?php $my_meta = get_post_meta( $post->ID, 'test', true ); echo $my_meta["test"]; ?></button>

if your meta key is custom-name then you can get it like this.

<?php $my_meta = get_post_meta( $post->ID, 'custom-name', true ); echo $my_meta["custom-name"]; ?>
  • Nope, returns blank. :( I linked the guide but I cannot make sense of it to output what I need. I am following along though, I understand it so far. Oct 28, 2014 at 17:40
  • I updated my answer, please use this echo $my_meta[test];
    – Robert hue
    Oct 28, 2014 at 17:48
  • No echo. I'm trying things and experimenting as you're helping me, but no dice. I really appreciate you helping me, I think we're really close so far. The developer hasn't written me all day, so I'm stuck until we can figure this out. Oct 28, 2014 at 17:56
  • Although it should work but try adding double quote. <button><?php $my_meta = get_post_meta( $post->ID, 'test', true ); echo $my_meta["test"]; ?></button>.
    – Robert hue
    Oct 28, 2014 at 18:00
  • 1
    Oh... I had no idea that was not allowed. Whoops! Well, thank you anyway for taking the time. It truly is appreciated. Cheers! Oct 28, 2014 at 18:12

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