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Retrive Form Object Data

  1. What is the best way to retrieve a forms' advanced properties - scheduled closing time in particular - from a page template that does not display the form?

    I have a form that submits custom post type entries and a separate page template that displays them. I'd like to indicate whether submissions are still possible w/o them having to go to the form to find out.

    For comparison, the following code works when called from the gform_validation hook:

    //Confirm end of auction + current server time
    $auctionCloseTime = strtotime($form['scheduleEnd'] . " " . $form['scheduleEndHour'] . ":" . $form['scheduleEndMinute'] . " " . $form['scheduleEndAmpm'] . " EST");

    and this code does similar check for a custom field date / time specific to the individual post type to apply a CSS class.

    <?php $closeEarlyDateTime = get_post_meta($post->ID, "closeEarlyDateTime", true);
    $closeEarlyDateTime = strtotime($closeEarlyDate . " EST");
    $currentTime = strtotime(date('m/d/Y h:i a'));
    if ($closeEarlyDateTime && $currentTime > $closeEarlyDateTime) {
    	$thumbnailClass = "thumbnailClosed";
    } else {
    	$thumbnailClass = "thumbnail";
    <div class="<?php echo $thumbnailClass; ?>">
    	<a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>">
    	<?php the_post_thumbnail(); ?>
    Posted 9 years ago on Wednesday November 9, 2011 | Permalink