My custom Meta Box has a drop down field, but how do I set the default Option Value to be blank? It is currently populating via the CPT's meta_value, but I'd like that to change.

Here's a screenshot of the issue: enter image description here

I want the first option for the Second Author field to be blank/have no selection.

Code for Meta Box:

            case 'select' :
                $author_select_query = new WP_Query(array(
                    'post_type' => 'people',
                    'tax_query' => array(
                        'relation' => 'OR',
                            'taxonomy' => 'role',
                            'field' => 'slug',
                            'terms' => array('adjunct-faculty'),
                            'taxonomy' => 'role',
                            'field' => 'slug',
                            'terms' => array('faculty'),
                    'meta_key' => 'ecpt_people_alpha',
                    'orderby' => 'meta_value',
                    'order' => 'ASC',
                    'posts_per_page' => '-1')); 
                $authors = $author_select_query ->get_posts();
                echo '<select name="', $field['id'], '" id="', $field['id'], '">';
                foreach($authors as $author) {
                    echo '<option value="' . $author->ID . '"', $meta == $author->ID ? ' selected="selected"' : '', '>', $author->post_title, '</option>';
                echo '</select>';

2 Answers 2


Before the foreach loop:

foreach($authors as $author) {

Add this empty option element:

echo '<option value="0"></option>';

Hope it works! :)

  • And add selected="selected" to it
    – Yatix
    Nov 3, 2014 at 18:14
  • Those work great, but for some reason the Books are still being attached to the first author, even when the empty value is selected
    – timmyg
    Nov 3, 2014 at 19:00
  • @timmyg so try with that <option name="just-an-option" value="just-an-option"></option>
    – SLH
    Nov 3, 2014 at 21:42

Building on the accepted answer, adding this worked for me:

<option value="" selected="selected"></option>

The empty value worked for me, and I was able to identify when there was nothing selected and allowed the users to select nothing again in case they made a wrong selection.

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