Support » Plugin: Flexible Posts Widget » [Plugin: Flexible Posts Widget] How to display a custom field in sidebar?

  • Resolved nicklumina


    I’ve successfully created a customized html output template by renaming widget.php and changing template filename, following your instructions. Works fine. Sidebar shows Title, and main content field from a custom post type I set-up. All good.

    Now I want to show a custom field in this post type (name of custom field = “description-presentation”, INSTEAD OF each post’s main content field. To do that, I’ve tried inserting this “get_custom_post” function into my custom template for this plug-in:
    $custom_fields = get_post_custom();
    $description-presentation = $custom_fields[‘description-presentation’];
    foreach ( $description-presentation as $key => $value )
    echo $key . ” => ” . $value . “
    I’ve placed it both inside and outside the loop (before and after the “while have-posts” statement).

    Nothing works. The sidebar is blank.

    Can you tell me how to display my custom field in the sidebar?

    Thank you in advance

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  • Plugin Author DaveE


    Hi Nick,

    Since we’re in a sidebar and not within the “main” loop, the global $post variable isn’t available for your call to get_post_custom. Try getting the ID for the current post being looped through and using that in your call like this:

    get_post_custom( get_the_ID() )

    Alternatively, you could use get_post_meta() instead of get_post_custom() like this:

    $description-presentation = $get_post_meta( get_the_ID(), 'description-presentation' );.

    Using get_post_meta() saves you having to find the description keys in the full set of meta key/values for the post.

    get_the_ID() reference:

    get_post_meta() reference:


    Thanks, Dave. Still no success and I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong (I don’t program PHP). Adding the code you suggested, here’s my custom template file, starting after
    … “if( $flexible_posts->have_posts() )?>” ,
    and ending before “echo $after_widget”

    <ul class="dpe-flexible-posts">
            <?php while ( $flexible_posts->have_posts() ) : $flexible_posts->the_post(); ?>
          <li style="margin:0;padding:0" id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>" <?php post_class(); ?>
          <h4 class="title" style="margin:0;padding:0;font-family:Arial,Verdana,sans-serif"><?php the_title(); ?></h4>
          <p style="margin:0;padding:0">
    <?php $description-presentation = $get_post_meta( get_the_ID(), 'description-presentation' );?>
    <?php the_excerpt();?>
        <?php endwhile; ?>
    		<!-- .dpe-flexible-posts -->

    Thanks again.


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    Plugin Author DaveE


    You’ll still need the foreach loop from your original example. Here’s the whole code block together: Cheers!

    Thanks again, Dave. I carefully inserted your code example into my script but this time only the Title of one post appeared. Not the custom field (‘description-presentation’) and not the excerpt. What’s more, the other 3 posts of this category (I have set the widget to show 4 most recent) didn’t show up either.

    At this point I will not ask you to do anymore work on it, since you’re not paid for your time on this. I’ll figure out a work-around, still using your plug-in but not relying on displaying a custom field in the sidebar post (instead of the default).

    In case you’re interested, here’s the URL of the dummied-up, not fully styled website. Your Flexible Posts Widget produces the right sidebar. Content for each post is the main, default edit screen:

    Thank you again for your time.


    Plugin Author DaveE


    Hi Nick,

    I’m sorry we weren’t able to get this to work together. Let me know if I can be of further assistance debugging it. For now, I’m going to consider this thread closed.

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