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Display Category Specific Post List in Sidbar ?

  • Hi,

    I am putting together a blog that will have three main categories and, whenever a user is browsing a post from a particular category or the entire category listing in the main loop, I want to display the posts for the viewed category as links in the sidebar. Currently, I have:

    <?php } elseif (is_category() || is_single()) { ?>
    <?php query_posts('cat=XY&showposts=10'); ?>
    <li><h4>Recent Posts</h4></li>
    <?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
    <li><a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark"
    title="permalink for this post">
    <?php the_title(); ?></a></li>
    <?php endwhile;?>
    <?php } else { } ?>

    I need a way for the second line of code where it says cat=XY to allow XY to be a variable that represents whatever category they are currently viewing. (If they are viewing multiple categories, shouldn’t show them text at all.)

    I had been looking at the documentation for the_category_ID and the suggested bit of code:

    <?php foreach((get_the_category()) as $cat) {
    echo $cat->cat_ID . ' ';
    } ?>

    However, I don’t know how to make it work inside of what I am currently working with.


    PS: I know I could create a seperate if statement for each category and then manually assign the ID tags within each if but that doesn’t seem efficient.

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