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Published on Oct 31, 2018

How to run a shortcode stored in post meta in WordPress

Sridhar Katakam

There might be times when you want to associate different shortcodes with different posts and have these run on the frontend.


Let’s say you’ve created a custom field called shortcode and in Post A, set [rev_slider alias="web-product-light-hero3"] as its value and in Post B, [rev_slider alias="photography-carousel5"].

Here’s the PHP code to execute these:

$shortcode = get_post_meta( get_the_ID(), 'shortcode', true );

echo do_shortcode( "{$shortcode}" );

If you want to enter just the name of the slider (in this example) for the custom field’s value like this: web-product-light-hero3 and photography-carousel5,

the code will then become:

$shortcode = get_post_meta( get_the_ID(), 'shortcode', true );

echo do_shortcode( "[rev_slider alias='{$shortcode}']" );

Update: When the custom fields were created with Toolset, for some reason get_post_meta() isn’t working during my testing.

So use

$shortcode = types_render_field( 'shortcode', array() );

instead of

$shortcode = get_post_meta( get_the_ID(), 'shortcode', true );