I have three separate WP_Queries on a page. Each of them return custom post type items that have a certain checkbox checked and then display one of those randomly. The checkbox has been added using Custom Metaboxes and Fields for WordPress.

$front1_args = array(
    'post_type' => 'work-item',
    'meta_key' => '_cmb_work_front_large',
    'meta_value_num' => 1,
    'orderby' => 'rand',
    'posts_per_page' => '1'
$front1_query = new WP_Query($front1_args);
while ($front1_query->have_posts()) : $front1_query->the_post();    
  post content comes here

However unpicking the checkbox on a certain post sometimes has no effect. The query still returns all items that at some point have had the checkbox checked regardless if they have it now. Setting cache_results, update_post_meta_cache and update_post_term_cache to false has no effect.

Any ideas what might cause this? Is this a cache issue at all, or is CMB maybe at fault?

1 Answer 1


Found a fix. Apparently CMB doesn't use integers while saving values to database from custom checkboxes, but rather adds an on string when a checkbox is checked.

Also when a previously checked checkbox is unchecked, the corresponding row isn't removed from wp_postmeta table, but remains there with an empty value.

So this will return all posts that at some point have had the checkbox active:

'meta_key' => '_cmb_work_front_large',
'meta_value_num' => 1

And this will show only the active ones:

'meta_key' => '_cmb_work_front_large',
'meta_value' => 'on'

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