Wordpress - if get_post_meta is empty do something

You could use the empty function inside your if as such :

<?php if( empty( get_post_meta( $post->ID, 'price_list_category1', true ) ) ) : ?>style="display:none;"<?php endif; ?>

The above returns an error, you should assign the return value to a variable. See my edit below.


empty might not be the best option depending on the values you store in the meta. Values like false, 0 etc... will be considered empty.

Check the PHP manual for the full list of values that are considered empty.


You can try assigning the meta to a variable, and using that in the if statement.

      $price_list = get_post_meta( $post->ID, 'price_list_category1', true );

And then...

 if( empty( $price_list) ) : ?>style="display:none"<?php endif; ?>

You can use metadata_exists(); (worked for me)for checking for any post meta and the do whatever you want.

    // Check and get a post meta

if ( metadata_exists( 'post', $post_id, '_meta_key' ) ) {
    $meta_value = get_post_meta( $post_id, '_meta_key', true );

I found this via searching for a solution myself, but it dawned on me the answer is very simple. You simply need to check if the value is empty, if it is then echo nothing - if it has content, then display the content - the code i used is below and can be tailored accordingly to anyone who needs to use it.

<?php $meta = get_post_meta( get_the_ID(), 'page-sub-title', true );
    if ($meta == '') {
        echo '&nbsp;';
    } else {
        echo '<h2>' . $meta . '</h2>';


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