In my white theme, there is no alt attribute configured for the home slider post. I added the alt text for the image through the media library interface. I added the following code to display the alt text/attribute. But it does not display:

<img class="homepage-slider_image" src="http://www.blabla.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/cms-website4-1800x800.jpg" alt="" />

Here is the code:

  $image = get_post_meta(get_the_ID(), WPGRADE_PREFIX.'homepage_slide_image', true);
  if (!empty($image)) {
    $image = json_decode($image);
    $image_alt = get_post_meta( $attachment->ID, '_wp_attachment_image_alt', true);
    if ( empty( $image_alt )) {
      $image_alt = $attachment->post_title;
    if ( empty( $image_alt )) {
      $image_alt = $attachment->post_excerpt;
    $image_title = $attachment->post_title;
    $image_id = $image->id;
    $image = wp_get_attachment_image_src( $image_id, 'blog-huge', false);
    echo '<img class="homepage-slider_image" src="'.$image[0].'" alt="'. $image_alt .'" />';

You are not providing a correct attachement ID. Replace:

$image_alt = get_post_meta( $attachment->ID, '_wp_attachment_image_alt', true);


$image_alt = get_post_meta( $image->id, '_wp_attachment_image_alt', true);

Note: I assume that $image->id is correct because you use it later in your code and you get the expected result. Unfortunatley $image->id can not be tested because it involves WPGRADE_PREFIX.'homepage_slide_image meta field which you have not provide any information.

$image = get_post_meta(get_the_ID(), WPGRADE_PREFIX . 'homepage_slide_image', true);
if (!empty($image)) {
    $image          = json_decode($image);
    $image_id       = $image->id;
    $img_meta       = wp_prepare_attachment_for_js($image_id);
    $image_title    = $img_meta['title'] == '' ? esc_html_e('Missing title','{domain}') : $img_meta['title'];
    $image_alt      = $img_meta['alt'] == '' ? $image_title : $img_meta['alt'];
    $image_src      = wp_get_attachment_image_src($image_id, 'blog-huge', false);

    echo '<img class="homepage-slider_image" src="' . $image_src[0] . '" alt="' . $image_alt . '" />';


please note that I did not test your $image->id , just assumed that you have the right attachment ID. The rest comes from $img_meta. If alt is missing we are using image title, if title is missing you will see "Missing title" text to nudge you to fill it in.

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    Could you explain a bit more how this would answer OP's question? – cjbj Jan 2 '17 at 16:47
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    @cjbj sorry for being vague , edited the post – Benn Jan 3 '17 at 13:55

Ok I found the answer that no one has on the net I been looking for days now. Keep in mine this only works if your theme or plugin is using the WP_Customize_Image_Control() if you are using WP_Customize_Media_Control() the get_theme_mod() will return the ID and not the url.

For my solution I was using the newer version WP_Customize_Image_Control()

A lot of posts on the forums have the get_attachment_id() which does not work anymore. I used attachment_url_to_postid()

Here is how I was able to do it. Hope this helps someone out there

// This is getting the image / url
$feature1 = get_theme_mod('feature_image_1');

// This is getting the post id
$feature1_id = attachment_url_to_postid($feature1);

// This is getting the alt text from the image that is set in the media area
$image1_alt = get_post_meta( $feature1_id, '_wp_attachment_image_alt', true );


<a href="<?php echo $feature1_url; ?>"><img class="img-responsive center-block" src="<?php echo $feature1; ?>" alt="<?php echo $image1_alt; ?>"></a>

I use a quick function in all my themes to get image attachment data:

//get attachment meta
if ( !function_exists('wp_get_attachment') ) {
    function wp_get_attachment( $attachment_id )
        $attachment = get_post( $attachment_id );
        return array(
            'alt' => get_post_meta( $attachment->ID, '_wp_attachment_image_alt', true ),
            'caption' => $attachment->post_excerpt,
            'description' => $attachment->post_content,
            'href' => get_permalink( $attachment->ID ),
            'src' => $attachment->guid,
            'title' => $attachment->post_title

Hope this helps!

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