i try to store an array in multiple custom fields via post creation (wp_insert_post). The array is $event_test and the key is event_test on the meta_input.

On form submit, the custom field is shown, but its empty.

// Form to Post Quform
add_filter('quform_post_process_1', function (array $result, Quform_Form $form) {    

    // Default Post Data   
    $content = $form->getValue('quform_1_30'); 

    // Custom Fields from the form
    $event = $form->getValue('quform_1_3');
    $event_standort = $form->getValue('quform_1_4');
    $event_budget = $form->getValue('quform_1_5');
    $event_date = $form->getValueText('quform_1_9');
    $event_time_from = $form->getValue('quform_1_10');
    $event_time_to = $form->getValue('quform_1_11');
    $event_plz = $form->getValue('quform_1_25');
    $event_stadt = $form->getValue('quform_1_24');
    $event_gaeste = $form->getValue('quform_1_26');
    $event_musiker = $form->getValue('quform_1_31');
    $event_musikstil = $form->getValue('quform_1_21');
    $event_email = $form->getValue('quform_1_28');
    $event_test = array('Value1', 'Value2', 'Value3');

    // Store all custom Data in the Posts Array
    $post = array(
        'post_title' => $event . ' in ' . $event_standort . ' (' . $event_plz . ' ' . $event_stadt . ')',
        // 'post_content' => $content,
        'post_excerpt' => $content,
        'post_type' => 'events',
        'post_status' => 'publish',

        'meta_input' => array(                          
                            // Custom Fields
                            'event_budget' => $event_budget,
                            'event_date' => $event_date,
                            'event_date_timestamp' => strtotime($event_date),
                            'event_time_from' => $event_time_from,
                            'event_time_to' => $event_time_to,
                            'event_plz' => $event_plz,
                            'event_stadt' => $event_stadt,
                            'event_gaeste' => $event_gaeste,
                            'event_musikstil' => update_post_meta($post_id, "event_musikstil", $event_musikstil),
                            'event_email' => $event_email,
                            'event_test' => update_post_meta($post_id, "event_test", $event_test),

                            // Taxonomy Names
                            'event' => $event,
                            'event_standort' => $event_standort,
                            'event_musiker' => $event_musiker

    // get the post id to insert post into taxonomies and insert all fields to the post (create the post)
    $post_id = wp_insert_post($post);

    // insert taxonomy values from form
    wp_set_post_terms( $post_id, $event, 'leweb_ct_event_musiker', true ); // set the taxonomy Event Musiker from form value
    wp_set_post_terms( $post_id, $event_standort, 'leweb_ct_standort', true ); // set the taxonomy Standort from form value
    wp_set_post_terms( $post_id, $event_musiker, 'leweb_ct_musiker', true ); // set the taxonomy Musiker from form value

    return $result;
}, 10, 2);
  • Why are you passing update_post_meta to event_test and not $event_test, like the others? Oct 29, 2019 at 11:26
  • Because its an array, like you can see above Oct 29, 2019 at 11:57
  • And? That doesn't mean you need to use update_post_meta(). You should just pass the array as the value. update_post_meta() is going to fail because the post doesn't exist yet, meaning that it's setting the value to false. Oct 29, 2019 at 12:08
  • when i pass the array as value, it is stored in the database, but its not stored as custom field where the values are separated... Oct 29, 2019 at 12:50
  • If you want them separated then each item in the array needs to be a separate meta key. Oct 29, 2019 at 12:53

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I would suggest turning on error debugging. It will likely show you some PHP errors in the above code.

It appears that in the meta_input array you're calling things like update_post_meta() before the post even exists. In those functions you're calling the $post_id variable and that also doesn't appear to exist.

On top of that, the update_post_meta() function will return a boolean ( likely true ) if it can insert, or false ( empty ) if it cannot update the postmeta.

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