How to Display Custom Field Value of Previous and Next Post

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Are you looking for a way to display the custom field value from previous and next posts? While there’s probably a plugin for this, we have created a quick code snippet that you can use to display custom field value of previous and next post.


All you have to do is add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin:

  $previous_post = get_previous_post();
  $next_post = get_next_post();
  $prev_value = get_post_meta( $previous_post->ID, 'CUSTOM_FIELD', $single = true);
  $next_value = get_post_meta( $next_post->ID, 'CUSTOM_FIELD', $single = true);

<?php if ( $prev_value != '' ) : ?>
       <p><?php echo $prev_value; ?></p>
       <p><?php echo $next_value; ?></p>
<?php endif; ?>

Make sure to change the CUSTOM_FIELD on line 4 and 5 to the name of the custom field you wish to display.

Note: If this is your first time adding code snippets in WordPress, then please refer to our guide on how to properly add code snippets in WordPress, so you don’t accidentally break your site.

If you liked this code snippet, please consider checking out our other articles on the site like: 27 best WordPress themes for affiliate marketing and how to use Google Optimize in WordPress.

Comments   Leave a Reply

  1. Fantastic! Thank you. Exactly what I needed.

  2. Thank You for your snippet, If refreshed the page 5times views counts getting increase, so how to remove / no increment / duplicate view count in this snippet

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  4. Nice snippet

  5. Thank you! Works perfectly!

  6. That is what I needed! I added DVD covers as custom fields and I want to call them for navigation. that does the trick, thanks!

    1. Ahhh very cool use of this snippet sounds great. Glad to hear you like the snippet.

    2. Ahhh very cool use of this snippet sounds great. Glad to hear you like the snippet.

  7. yeaaaaah,
    thanks for this code, i allways ask about this code, but finnaly found it her 🙂
    i can now creat my photo portfolio and to show the next or prev photo.
    Thanks a lot SIR.

    1. Cool glad I could help,

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