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Simple Term Meta


WordPress offers meta data support for posts, users, and comments out of the box. But it’s missing meta support for taxonomy terms (a tag, category, or custom taxonomy terms)!

This plug-in adds full, efficient support for term meta based on the post meta framework built into WordPress. Adds a “postmeta” table, and post meta functions that should be familiar to anyone who has worked with WordPress post meta.

New functions include add_term_meta, delete_term_meta, get_term_meta, update_term_meta, get_term_custom, get_term_custom_keys, get_term_custom_values, and more.

The functions work just like their post meta counter parts (add_post_meta, et al) just substitute the post_id with the term_id. Should work with any taxonomy! Take a look inside simple-term-meta.php for more complete function documentation.

Check out edit_category_custom_fields, (taxonomy-name)_edit_form and other, similar action hooks built into WordPress to start adding your own custom fields to terms using this plug-in!

Because its difficult to test this plug-in with all types of custom taxonomies, Im considering this a beta in the Google sense or pre-1.0 release.


  1. Install easily with the WordPress plugin control panel or manually download the plugin and upload the extracted
    folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Start using term meta just like you would use post meta!


Taken up by the core in WP 4.4

This plugin busted my site when I upgraded to to WP 4.4, and I was sad — until I discovered that WP 4.4 now includes support for term meta! wp-includes/taxomony.php line 1620. Now I’m happy again! So if you use this plugin, be sure to deactivate and delete it before you upgrade to WP 4.4. Cheers!

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