[wp-hackers] repeating fields in usermeta?

SoJ Web sojweb at indiana.edu
Thu Apr 16 14:13:50 GMT 2009

Yeah, looking at the function, that would be a pain. I'm surprised the  
user meta functions don't allow returning arrays of meta values; I'd  
think having that ability would be ideal, and it shouldn't be hard to  
patch. You'd have the added benefit of it being consistent with the  
way the post meta function works.


On Apr 16, 2009, at 9:23 AM, Casey Bisson wrote:

> Storing email addresses in a serialized array would make searching  
> for a user by email address difficult.
> My choices so far appear to be:
> Create a separate table for email addys.
> Create my own functions to enter and read email addys in usermeta.
> Patch the existing functions to support this use case while  
> maintaining backwards compatibility.
> On Apr 16, 2009, at 8:56 AM, SoJ Web wrote:
>> Would it not be possible to store the e-mail addresses and phone  
>> numbers as serialized arrays under one meta key?
>>> An application I'm working on needs to store an arbitrary number  
>>> of email addresses and phone numbers per user. The wp_users table  
>>> obviously isn't the place, but the wp_usermeta table might not be  
>>> either. The get_ and update_usermeta functions aren't built for  
>>> it, anyway.
>>> The various postmeta functions are very smart about handling  
>>> multiple entries of the same meta_key per post, but not the  
>>> usermeta functions. Is that by design?
>>> --Casey
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