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I'm looking to display the following loop, only if a custom field data exists, if not, I don't want to display anything.

 <?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); $data = get_post_meta( $post->ID, 'key', true );?>
  <!-- info --> 
<?php endwhile; ?>

Any guessing?

Thanks in advanced.

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If you want to avoid preprocessing the data, this will work (though it's definitely the quick and dirty method):

<?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
    <?php $data = get_post_meta( $post->ID, 'key', true ); ?>
    <?php if( $data != '' ) : ?>
        <!-- info --> 
    <?php endif; ?>
<?php endwhile; ?>

Otherwise (and this is definitely the better way to go if you need the best functionality), you can do a preliminary loop through the data (or even get different data using the meta), determine if any of the posts have meta, then conditionally execute the loop.

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    That will interfere in the post count, and can also make navigation and other stuff look weird. – vmassuchetto Jan 22 '12 at 12:36
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You can change the query_posts behavior without even changing a template file.

function custom_query($request) {
    $params = array(
        'meta_key' => 'custom_field_name',
        'meta_value' => 'custom_field_value'
    );
    return array_merge($request, $params);
}
add_filter('request', 'custom_query');
  • You solution does not take into account whether or not it is the primary query, but I agree that preprocessing, not conditionals, are the way to go. I've edited my answer to reflect as such. – mor7ifer Jan 22 '12 at 13:51

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