I'm using the Types Plugin for Wordpress and created a custom field. I would like to display this custom field in the sidebar of all of my pages. The problem is that it only displays in the sidebar of the page I created the custom field on. It does NOT display in the sidebar on any of the other pages. Here's the code I placed in my generic sidebar.php file:

<?php echo(types_render_field("photo", array("alt"=>"Product image", "width"=>"300","height"=>"200","proportional"=>"true"))); ?>

Any ideas on how to get it to display in the sidebar of ALL the pages? I'm using the Twenty eleven theme with the latest version of Wordpress.


  • Did you just add one photo?
    – offroff
    Apr 12, 2012 at 12:50
  • yes. But, this is just one example. No matter what i use as a custom field, text box, text area, etc, it only displays in the sidebar on the page the custom field was created on.
    – Tory
    Apr 12, 2012 at 13:03
  • Did you try to add "photo" on another page as well?
    – offroff
    Apr 12, 2012 at 13:09
  • Yes, and then the photo will appear in the sidebar of that page, as well. But, I don't want to have to add the photo to every page on my site to get it to appear in the sidebar. Or maybe I'm not understanding you. A little more info, I'm using a different page template on each page and the custom field options are specific to each page template. Maybe that has something to do with it??
    – Tory
    Apr 12, 2012 at 13:16
  • Ok, but if you want the same photo on all pages you should add a widget with a photo in it. The function you use are supposed to just show information from the current page
    – offroff
    Apr 12, 2012 at 13:20

3 Answers 3


I checked the code in the repository, and this specific function doesn't have an ID parameter, meaning that it only grabs the CF of the current post/page being displayed.

A fast solution would be:

$my_page = get_page_by_path( 'my-page' );
$meta_values = get_post_meta($my_page->ID, 'custom-field-name', true);

Maybe the plugin has another function for that, but you'd better ask in the plugin support page http://wordpress.org/tags/types?forum_id=10

  • Thanks for the reply! I added that code to my sidebar.php file and it didn't work. I changed 'my-page' to the page name and replaced'custom-field-name' with the custom field name and nothing appeared at all.
    – Tory
    Apr 12, 2012 at 14:15
  • Hey brasofilo, I put this in my sidebar: <?php $about_page = get_page_by_title('sidebar'); echo "$about_page->post_content"; ?> and I got the custom field shortcode to appear in every sidebar, but not the actual content of the custom field. This what is appearing now: [types field="sidebartitle"][/types] But there is smart quotes which is maybe why it's displaying the short code and not the actual content?
    – Tory
    Apr 12, 2012 at 14:40
  • hi, Tory, I'm not sure if this is what you need echo do_shortcode($about_page->post_content);. . . Did you managed to get the desired custom field content using get_post_meta?
    – brasofilo
    Apr 12, 2012 at 17:42
  • Here's what ended up working for me: $args=array( 'page_id' => 39, 'post_type' => 'page', 'post_status' => 'publish', ); $my_query = null; $my_query = new WP_Query($args); if( $my_query->have_posts() ) { while ($my_query->have_posts()) : $my_query->the_post(); ?> <?php the_content(); endwhile; } wp_reset_query(); // Restore global post data stomped by the_post(). ?> Thanks for your help.
    – Tory
    Apr 12, 2012 at 18:09

A dirty solution:

$custom_image = types_render_field("photo", array("alt"=>"Product image","width"=>"300","height"=>"200","proportional"=>"true");
if($custom_image) {
    // this page has a custom photo. Print it.
    print $custom_image;
} else {
   // this page don't have a photo, therefore we output the photo of the default page
   $id = 1; // the id of the default page
   $post = get_post($id);
   print types_render_field("photo", array("alt"=>"Product image","width"=>"300","height"=>"200","proportional"=>"true");

Or if you really want the same photo everywhere then just use what's in the else clause


Not sure since when, but you can pass the post id as an argument

$postid = get_the_ID();
echo(types_render_field("photo", array("post_id"=>"$postid","alt"=>"Product image", "width"=>"300","height"=>"200","proportional"=>"true"))); 

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