I am trying to see if I can change an alt text of a featured image on only specific blog posts.

Whenever I upload an image, it allows me to add a default title, caption, alt text and description.

However, I sometimes need to use a different alt text for the same image. The problem is I am only able to use the default alt text I set upon uploading the image whenever I add a featured image.

I have created a custom field via advanced custom fields plugin. Custom field value can be accessed via using the code:

<?php the_field('myvalue'); ?>

Now, I am trying to see if I can come up with some code that allows me to add value from custom field and update the featured image

I am trying to see how i can edit the following code so that the alt attribute can be changed to whatever value in custom field "myvalue"

$title_attribute = the_title_attribute( array( 'echo' => FALSE ) );
        'alt'   => $title_attribute, 
        'title' => $title_attribute 
  • 'alt' => the_field('myvalue'),?
    – kero
    Sep 5, 2017 at 14:37
  • @kero oh okay, well that worked! Then here is another question... Now i have this $post_thumbnail_attr = array('alt' => get_field('myvalue') );the_post_thumbnail( 'full', $post_thumbnail_attr ); but how can I make the array part conditional? Let's say, if custom field is blank, don't change the alt text. use the default one...
    – ChrisP777
    Sep 5, 2017 at 19:14
  • will this work? if(get_field('alt_image_f')){ $post_thumbnail_attr = array('alt' => get_field('alt_image_f') ); the_post_thumbnail( 'full', $post_thumbnail_attr ); } else the_post_thumbnail();
    – ChrisP777
    Sep 5, 2017 at 19:23

1 Answer 1


I think you gave the answer in your last comment.

if (get_field('alt_image_f')){
    $post_thumbnail_attr = array('alt' => get_field('alt_image_f') ); 
    the_post_thumbnail( 'full', $post_thumbnail_attr );
else the_post_thumbnail();

Cleaning up your code a bit, the following should work

$custom_image_alt = get_field('alt_image_f');
$post_thumbnail_attr = array();
if ($custom_image_alt) {
    $post_thumbnail_attr['alt'] = $custom_image_alt;
the_post_thumbnail('full', $post_thumbnail_attr);

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