If I call the following function (on a page template, e.g. page-home.php) before the loop, nothing is returned. If I call it during or after the loop, the expected values are returned. Is there a way to access these meta fields before the loop runs?

function home_content() {
    global $post;
    $headline = get_post_meta($post->ID, 'top-headline', true);
    $body = get_post_meta($post->ID, 'top-body', true);
    $return = '<h4>' . $headline . '</h4>';
    $return .= '<p>' . $body . '</p>';
    echo $return;
  • $post doesn't contain anything until the loop runs. You can however check(i think) $posts prior to when the loop runs.
    – t31os
    Aug 12, 2011 at 17:06

1 Answer 1


You can get it by calling global $wp_query and assigning post->ID to a variable.


global $wp_query;
$postid = $wp_query->post->ID;
echo get_post_meta($postid, 'top-headline', true);


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