I created a client profile custom post type and have started creating the meta boxes and such for users to enter in information. While all of that seems to be working fine, when I go to save the custom post, nothing gets sent to the database. Here are my functions

Meta Box

function add_meta_boxes() {
        __( 'Client Information', 'textdomain' ),
add_action( 'add_meta_boxes', 'add_meta_boxes' );

Client Info Meta Box Callback

function meta_box_clientinfo_callback( $post )  {
    global $my_post_meta;
    $my_post_meta = get_post_meta( $post->ID );
    wp_nonce_field( plugin_basename( __FILE__ ), 'my-nonce' );

    <p>Please enter in the information on the client whom you wish to feature in a case story.</p>
        <label for="client-name"><?php _e( 'Client Name', 'textdomain' ); ?></label>
        <input type="text" name="client-name" id="client-name" value="<?php field_value( 'client-name' ); ?>" size="25" />

        <label for="client-age"><?php _e( 'Client Age', 'textdomain' ); ?></label>
        <input type="text" name="client-age" id="client-age" value="<?php field_value( 'client-age' ); ?>" size="3" maxlength="3" />

        <label for="client-gender"><?php _e( 'Client Gender', 'textdomain' ); ?></label>
        <select id="client-gender" name="client-gender">
            <option value="male">Male</option>
            <option value="female">Female</option>
            <option value="Other">Other</option>


Save Post

function save_meta( $post_id ) {

    // Verify Nonce
    if ( ! isset( $_POST['my-nonce'] ) || ! wp_verify_nonce( $_POST['my-nonce'], basename( __FILE__ ) ) ) {

    if ( ! current_user_can( 'edit_post', $post_id ) ) {

    if ( isset( $_REQUEST['client-name'] ) ) {
        update_post_meta( $post_id, '_client_name', sanitize_text_field( $_POST{'client-name'} ) );

add_action( 'save_post'. 'save_meta', 10, 2 );

Field_Value Function

function field_value( $field_id ) {

    global $post_meta;

    if ( isset ( $post_meta[$field_id] ) ) {
        echo $post_meta[$field_id][0];

What am I missing something here? I looked at several examples online to get the code I have now but when I look in PHPMyAdmin at the wp_postmeta table for the Post ID, I only see keys for _edit_last and _edit_lock.

1 Answer 1


The primary issue is your save_post action isn't firing because:

add_action( 'save_post'. 'save_meta', 10, 2 );

should be

add_action( 'save_post', 'save_meta', 10, 2 );

You also have inconsistency between client-name and _client_name, but without seeing the field_value function, I'm not sure if that's a problem or not.

I would also use something more unique than save_meta and add_meta_boxes for function names, potential for collision with some other code is high.

  • I removed the name spacing to make for simpler reading and shorter lines of code. I did change the . to a ,, but am still seeing just the two keys in wp_postmeta from before, even on a new post.
    – Cedon
    May 26, 2017 at 1:35
  • A copy/paste of your code works for me, as far as saving is concerned. You've still got some naming issues with your field_value function, so you won't see the saved values in your form field, but it does end up in the database.
    – Milo
    May 26, 2017 at 2:13
  • Can you copy what you had into pastebin or something so I can compare? It's still not working for me.
    – Cedon
    May 26, 2017 at 2:43
  • Here it is. I changed the post type to post in add_meta_box, and added a print_r($my_post_meta) in meta_box_clientinfo_callback to show all the saved meta data.
    – Milo
    May 26, 2017 at 2:52
  • Still unable to get it to work with the custom post type. I even tried using the 'save_post_mycpt' hook for add_action() per the save_post_{$post->post_type} hook that was added in 3.7
    – Cedon
    May 26, 2017 at 3:25

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