Function and usage of get_registered_metadata() in wordpress


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    The get_registered_metadata() function in WordPress is a useful tool for retrieving registered metadata associated with a specific object in WordPress. Here's a detailed explanation of its functionality and usage:


    get_registered_metadata( string $object_type, int $object_id, string $meta_key = "" ): mixed


    This function retrieves registered metadata for a specified object in WordPress. The returned metadata includes both:

    • Metadata that is specifically registered for the object's subtype.
    • Metadata that is registered for the entire object type.


    1. $object_type (string, required):

      • This is the type of object for which the metadata is being retrieved.
      • It accepts values like 'post', 'comment', 'term', 'user', or any other object type that has an associated meta table.
    2. $object_id (int, required):

      • This is the ID of the object for which the metadata is being retrieved.
    3. $meta_key (string, optional):

      • This is the registered metadata key.
      • If this parameter is not specified (or is an empty string), the function retrieves all registered metadata for the specified object.
      • Default value is an empty string ('').


    • The function returns a mixed type value:
      • If a specific $meta_key is specified, it returns a single value or an array of values for that key.
      • If no $meta_key is specified, it returns an array of all registered keys and their corresponding values for the given object ID.
      • It returns false if a given $meta_key is not registered.

    Sample Usage:

    Example 1: Retrieve All Registered Metadata for a Post

    $post_id = 123; // Assume this is a valid post ID.
    $all_metadata = get_registered_metadata('post', $post_id);
    // $all_metadata is an array of all registered metadata for the post with ID 123.

    Example 2: Retrieve Specific Metadata for a User

    $user_id = 45; // Assume this is a valid user ID.
    $user_bio = get_registered_metadata('user', $user_id, 'bio');
    // $user_bio contains the value of the 'bio' meta key for the user with ID 45, if 'bio' is a registered meta key.

    Example 3: Retrieve Metadata for a Term

    $term_id = 78; // Assume this is a valid term ID in a taxonomy.
    $term_metadata = get_registered_metadata('term', $term_id);
    // $term_metadata is an array of all registered metadata for the term with ID 78.


    • It's important to ensure that the metadata key you're querying with $meta_key is indeed registered for the object type specified.
    • The function is part of WordPress's metadata API, which provides a standardized way to store and retrieve data associated with various object types.

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