WordPress – Adding custom fields to the post

WordPress has a way where developers can create custom fields to the post. With this way we can extend WordPress functionality and fulfill our requirement. This extra custom fields data is known as meta-data. Meta data allow you to add some additional data to the post.

In this tutorial we will discuss how to create WordPress custom fields and insert some additional data to the post. This step by step tutorial provides you an easy way to add custom post meta box in WordPress.

Now we will add a custom meta box into post adding page. Through this custom meta box we will insert the author name of post. Also we will display the author name of respective post at the post listing page or post details page.

All the meta box related working will be done in theme’s functions.php file. So, open the functions.php file of current active theme and follow the below steps.

Step 1: Adding Custom Meta Box

add_meta_box() function is used to add meta boxes to the administrative interface. The below code is used for add meta box to the post.

* Add the Custom Meta Box

function add_custom_meta_box() {
'custom_meta_box'// $id
'Custom Meta Box'// $title 
'show_custom_meta_box'// $callback
'post'// $page
'normal'// $context
'high' // $priority

Step 2: Rendering Custom Meta Box

In the following code, we have generated an array of custom meta fields. Now we have to define the callback function (show_custom_meta_box()) and generate the view of the meta box into this function (show_custom_meta_box()).

// Custom meta fields array
$prefix 'custom_';
$custom_meta_fields = array(
'label'=> 'Author Name',
'desc'  => 'Enter post author name to be displayed',
'id'    => $prefix.'author_name',
'type'  => 'text'

// The callback function
function show_custom_meta_box() {

// Use nonce for verification
echo '<input type="hidden" name="custom_meta_box_nonce" value="'.wp_create_nonce(basename(__FILE__)).'" />';
// Begin the field table and loop
echo '<table class="form-table">';
    foreach (
$custom_meta_fields as $field) {
// get value of this field if it exists for this post
$meta get_post_meta($post->ID$field['id'], true);
// begin a table row with
echo '<tr>
                <th><label for="'
$field['type']) {
// text field
case 'text':
'<input type="text" name="'.$field['id'].'" id="'.$field['id'].'" value="'.$meta.'" size="30" />
                            <br /><span class="description">'
nbsp;               }

 Go to the post adding page and you can see the custom meta box and custom post fields under the post content editor. Into this field you can add the custom author name of the post.


Step 3: Saving Custom Meta Data

Now it’s time to save the meta data. The below code is use to save the post meta data.

// Save the custom meta data
function save_custom_meta($post_id) {

// verify nonce
if (!wp_verify_nonce($_POST['custom_meta_box_nonce'], basename(__FILE__))) 
// check autosave
// check permissions
if ('page' == $_POST['post_type']) {
        if (!
        } elseif (!
current_user_can('edit_post'$post_id)) {
// loop through fields and save the data
foreach ($custom_meta_fields as $field) {
$old get_post_meta($post_id$field['id'], true);
$new $_POST[$field['id']];
        if (
$new && $new != $old) {
update_post_meta($post_id$field['id'], $new);
        } elseif (
'' == $new && $old) {
delete_post_meta($post_id$field['id'], $old);

Step 4: Get Meta Data and Display the Custom Field Value

get_post_meta() function returns the values of the custom fields with the specified key from the specified post. We will get all the custom meta data and display custom field value from custom meta data array by specific meta key.

// Get the post meta data
$meta get_post_metaget_the_ID() );
// Get custom meta value
$post_author_name $meta['custom_author_name'][0];
'Author: '.$post_author_name;

 You can see the custom meta field value into the post display. The custom author name of the respective post would be displayed.


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