I'm trying to get three values from all my custom posts, to populate a Google Map with the places where I've been. All is going fairly well, except for an issue I'm having with get_the_term_list. For some reason it adds the number "1" in front of each correctly returned value.

As an example, my below code will output the following for "name":

Key: name, Value: 1
<a rel="tag" href="http://localhost:8888/mntn/mountain/grossglockner">Grossglockner</a>

The problem code:

//get custom posts ids as an array
$loop = get_posts(array(
    'post_type'   => 'trips',
    'post_status' => 'publish',
    'posts_per_page' => -1,
    'fields' => 'ids'
//loop through each post
foreach($loop as $p){
    //get the meta and taxonomy data
     $name = get_the_term_list($p, "mountains",true);
     $wtr_longitud = get_post_meta($p,"wtr_longitude",true);
     $wtr_latitud = get_post_meta($p,"wtr_latitude",true);

    //Add to Array
    $map_array[] = array ("name" => $name, "latitude" => $wtr_latitud, "longitude" => $wtr_longitud);
        //Print array
        foreach($map_array as $y) {
                    foreach( $y as $key => $value){
                    echo "Key: $key, Value: $value <br />";
  • For now I used trim(); to remove it, but obviously I'd prefer to know why this got added.
    – WouterB
    Mar 13, 2012 at 13:39

1 Answer 1


The problem lies with the get_the_term_list() function, which is defined with the following arguments:

get_the_term_list( $id = 0, $taxonomy, $before = '', $sep = '', $after = '' )

You're defining the $before argument as true which PHP prints as 1 so that's why it's printing a 1 before the list. You should either remove the argument altogether:

get_the_term_list( $p, 'mountains' );

or replace it with a string:

get_the_term_list( $p, 'mountains', '<ul><li>', '</li><li>', '</li></ul>' );
  • Thanks Rachel. I copy pasted it from another place where I'm outputting it (and where it works without the "1"), so I probably didn't dig deep enough.
    – WouterB
    Mar 14, 2012 at 8:50
  • No problem. Glad to help! Mar 14, 2012 at 15:09

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