What is the basic way to use $wpdb and get_results?

This is my code:

global $wpdb;
$q="SELECT * FROM wp_usermeta WHERE meta_key = 'nickname' AND user_id = 771";
$result = $wpdb->get_results($q);
echo $result;

The query string is good because I can run it in phpmyadmin and it works fine. I am not getting anything back when run through page.

1 Answer 1


$wpdb->get_results() returns an array on success, so you can't simply echo $result;.

Instead, you can use foreach to loop through the results and display whatever the data that you want to display:

$results = $wpdb->get_results( $q );
foreach ( $results as $row ) {
    echo $row->meta_value . '<br />';

But I can see that you're trying to select just one row, so you'd want to use $wpdb->get_row() and not $wpdb->get_results():

$row = $wpdb->get_row( $q );
if ( $row ) {
    echo $row->meta_value;

But then again — because wp_usermeta is the default table for WordPress users' meta, if you just want to retrieve the meta value, then there's a function you can (and should better) use — get_user_meta():

echo get_user_meta( 771, 'nickname', true );
  • Thank you! get_user_meta worked perfectly. I might try the other options as well just for my own edification. Thanks again May 24, 2020 at 22:48
  • Awesome. :) And would you please kindly mark the answer as correct? Doing so would help others know the question has an accepted solution.
    – Sally CJ
    May 24, 2020 at 22:52

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