Function and usage of get_object_subtype() in wordpress


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    The get_object_subtype() function in WordPress is designed to retrieve the subtype of a specific object given its type and ID. This function is particularly useful when working with metadata associated with various WordPress objects like posts, comments, terms, users, or other custom object types. Here's a detailed explanation and a sample usage:


    • Name: get_object_subtype()
    • Purpose: Returns the object subtype for a given object ID of a specific type.


    1. $object_type (string, required):

      • This is the type of object for which the metadata is required.
      • It accepts standard WordPress object types like 'post', 'comment', 'term', 'user'.
      • It can also accept any other object type that has an associated metadata table.
    2. $object_id (int, required):

      • This is the ID of the object for which you want to retrieve the subtype.
      • The ID must be an integer corresponding to a valid object of the specified type in the WordPress database.


    • Type: string
    • Description: The function returns the subtype of the specified object as a string. If the object has no specified subtype, it returns an empty string.

    Sample Usage:

    Suppose you want to find out the subtype of a post with the ID of 123. Here's how you'd use get_object_subtype():

    $object_type = 'post'; // Type of object, in this case, a post
    $object_id = 123; // The ID of the post
    // Retrieve the subtype of the post
    $post_subtype = get_object_subtype($object_type, $object_id);
    // Output the subtype
    echo 'The subtype of the post is: ' . $post_subtype;

    In this example, $post_subtype will contain the subtype of the post with ID 123. If there's no specific subtype defined for this post, the function will return an empty string.


    • This function is particularly useful in plugins or themes where handling different types of objects and their metadata is necessary.
    • It helps in situations where the behavior of a function depends on the subtype of the object.
    • It's important to ensure that the object ID provided is valid and exists in the WordPress database for the specified object type to get a meaningful return value.

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