I use a plugin called WP original Source.

It lets me add the URL of the original article source, which is handy as it credits the original source of article extracts and summaries that I publish of my website.

This URL is then published as metadata in the source code of my webpage, such as:

<meta name="original-source" content="http://www.abc.com.au/article.html">

However, I also want to publish this URL at the bottom of the article extract itself, so that users who read the article extract and want more information, can click the link and get taken to the original full article.

I can't work out how to do this however, being only a novice at php.

I did manage to code the following, however instead of getting the URLs, I get the word "array"

$originalsource = get_post_meta(get_the_ID(), '_original_source', true);
echo $originalsource;

Can someone help me work out what php code I need to insert into the single.php form for the URL of the original source to be published as a visible URL, as well as the metadata statement?

2 Answers 2


get_post_meta is returning an array. Apparently, the plugin is saving _original_source as an array.

I don't know what that array looks like but instead of echo do print_r($original_source); and you get something that looks like:

    [a] => apple
    [b] => banana

You can then do something like echo $original_source['a'] to print "apple".

  • Thanks, but as a real novice I am not sure I understand exactly what needs to be placed there.. Can you type out the complete argument I need to use?
    – Robert
    Commented May 10, 2013 at 2:53
  • Just replace echo $original_source; in you code with print_r($original_source); and post the result into your question.
    – s_ha_dum
    Commented May 10, 2013 at 2:54
  • Wow, you have given me my first real progress in about a days worth of trying.Thank you! This is what has now been published: Array ( [source1] => abc.com.au/article.html ) How can I now get rid of the word "array" & "[source1] =>"?
    – Robert
    Commented May 10, 2013 at 3:25
  • Hmm, something is just not working. This is my code: $originalsource = get_post_meta(get_the_ID(), '_original_source', true); print_r($originalsource); $echo ['source1']; I am getting the following result: Array ( [source1] => abc.com.au/article.html) What is wrong with my code? BTW, it seems the echo command is not doing anything.
    – Robert
    Commented May 10, 2013 at 3:35
  • You want echo $original_source['source1']
    – s_ha_dum
    Commented May 10, 2013 at 3:49

From the plugin’s source code:

global $post;
$meta = get_post_meta($post->ID,'_original_source',TRUE);
$s1 = $meta['source1'];
$s2 = $meta['source2'];
$s3 = $meta['source3'];
$s4 = $meta['source4'];
$s5 = $meta['source5'];

So it saves up to 5 sources, and you can access these by the names source1source5 like this:

if ( $meta = get_post_meta( get_the_ID(), '_original_source', TRUE) )
    $counter = 1;
    $sources = array();

    foreach( $meta as $source )
        $url       = esc_url( $source );
        $sources[] = "<a href='$url'>Source $counter</a>";
        $counter  += 1;

    print "<h3>Sources</h3><ul><li>" . join( "</li><li>", $sources ) . "</li></ul>";
  • Geez, what can I say but a very big thank you. It works perfectly. I really appreciate your assistance.
    – Robert
    Commented May 10, 2013 at 5:48

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