Textarea Field

Overview

This Default Field Type is available in WordPress Creation Kit free version. The Textarea Field creates a simple Textarea, allowing the insertion of multiple line of text.

Creating a Textarea Field

To add a Textarea Field to a previously created Custom Meta Box, under the Meta Box Fields tab simply insert a Field Title and under Field Type make sure you select Textarea.

WordPress Creation Kit - Custom Fields Creator - Meta Box Fields - Textarea Field

The Textarea Field contains options to customize it:

  1. Description – Allows you to specify a description for the Textarea Field
  2. Required – Select whether or not the field is required
  3. Default Text – Set a default text for the field
  4. Number of Rows – Set the number of rows for the Textarea Field
  5. Readonly – Whether the Textarea Field is readonly or not

Page, Post or Custom Post Type Edit Screen

This is how the Textarea Field we created above looks like in the Edit Screen:

WordPress Creation Kit - Custom Fields Creator - Meta Box Fields - Textarea Field (Editor)

Template usage

The following examples are for a Custom Meta Box with the “Group Name” argument “my_meta_name“. Make sure to replace this with the “Group Name” you have set up. The Custom Meta Box below is setup to be attached to a page.

WordPress Creation Kit - Custom Fields Creator - Meta Box Arguments - Page Template

Using the WCK Custom Fields API

The Textarea Field returns a string.

For a Single Meta Box

To output a value inside The Loop we use the function the_cfc_field():

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Testimonial: <?php the_cfc_field('my_meta_name', 'testimonial'); ?>

To assign the value to a variable we use the function get_cfc_field():

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<?php $testimonial = get_cfc_field('my_meta_name', 'testimonial'); ?>

For a Repeater Meta Box

To output all the “Testimonial” entries from the repeater field we use the functions get_cfc_meta() and the_cfc_field():

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<?php 				
foreach( get_cfc_meta( 'my_meta_name' ) as $key => $value ){
    the_cfc_field( 'my_meta_name','testimonial', false, $key );
}
?>

To output a specific “Testimonial” entry from the repeater field (e.g. the second entry), we use the function the_cfc_field():

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<?php the_cfc_field( 'my_meta_name','testimonial', false, 1 ); ?>

The index starts at 0 so that’s why we pass “1” to the function. For the first entry it would be “0”, the second is “1”, the third is “2” and so on…

Using the default WordPress functions

The Textarea Field returns a string.

For a Single Meta Box

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<?php 
$my_meta = get_post_meta( $post->ID, 'my_meta_name', true ); 
if( !empty( $my_meta[0]['testimonial'] ) ) 
    echo 'Value:'.$my_meta[0]['testimonial']; 
?>

For a Repeater Meta Box

To output all the “Testimonial” entries in the repeater field:

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<?php 
$my_meta = get_post_meta( $post->ID, 'my_meta_name', true );
if( !empty( $my_meta ) ){
    foreach( $my_meta as $entry ){
        echo $entry['testimonial'];
    }
}
?>

To output a specific “Testimonial” entry from the repeater field (e.g. the second entry):

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<?php 
$my_meta = get_post_meta( $post->ID, 'my_meta_name', true );
if( !empty( $my_meta[1]['testimonial'] ) )
    echo $my_meta[1]['testimonial'];
?>

The index starts at 0 so that’s why we pass “1” to the function. For the first entry it would be “0”, the second is “1”, the third is “2” and so on…