I've hidden and created various profile fields using the following code:

function my_user_contactmethods($user_contactmethods) {

// You can get rid of ones you don't want

// And add any news ones. The array key is the meta key name, the text
// is however you want it labelled -- keep the key name the same as you have in gf map.

$user_contactmethods['I work for...'] = __('I work for...');

// etc for each field you want to appear

return $user_contactmethods;


add_filter( 'user_contactmethods', 'my_user_contactmethods');

I'm then trying to call the custom field using the following:

<?php echo get_user_meta($current_user->ID,'I work for...',true);?>

This doesn't show anything, can someone point me in the right direction?

  • Use Advanced Custom Fields plugin
    – lenden
    Jul 9, 2014 at 20:01

1 Answer 1


Try instead

$user_contactmethods['work'] = __('I work for...');


<?php echo get_user_meta($current_user->ID,'work',true);?>

where the array index is 'work' instead of 'I work for...', i.e. lowercase and without any spaces.

  • I've just tried that, the info is getting inserted into the custom field but it still won't show on the front end. Is there another way to call it?
    – Rob
    Mar 4, 2013 at 11:16
  • It works on my vanilla wp install, I just tested it. I checked the profile.php page for the current user, and inserted some value and saved it. Then added the code on single.php to test.
    – birgire
    Mar 4, 2013 at 11:21
  • does this work for you: <?php echo "current userid:". $current_user->ID;?>
    – birgire
    Mar 4, 2013 at 11:23
  • It's in the header.php file, so outside of the loop, that's probably why it's not working.
    – Rob
    Mar 4, 2013 at 11:24
  • 1
    ok add global $current_user; before the code.
    – birgire
    Mar 4, 2013 at 11:25

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