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  • Resolved andreacutelli


    Hi there!

    I have a trouble.. but I don’t know if is it possible to resolve.
    (sorry for my english..)

    example, how can I say:

    if the category (es. 3, 14, 55, 113) exists.. show me “hello!”
    else do nothing
    if category (es. 1, 10, 22) exists.. show me “goodbye!”
    else do nothing

    than’you in advance!

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  • esmi


    Forum Moderator

    <?php if( is_category('3, 14, 55, 11') ) echo 'Hello';
    elseif( is_category('1, 10, 22') ) echo 'Goodbye';?>

    thank’you very much esmi !! :)))

    ..may I ask another thing ?

    I must write this:

    <?php if( is_category(‘4’) ) echo ”;?>

    but the category must be this:
    category-<?php echo get_post_meta($post->ID, “whatiwant”, true); ?>

    and the echo must be this:

    <?php echo get_post_meta($post->ID, “whatiwant”, true); ?>/”>
    how can I write this in php..??

    sorry again..!

    ops.. I have write wrong href..

    and the echo must be this:

    <li><a href=" <?php echo get_option("home"); ?>/<?php echo get_post_meta($post->ID, "whatiwant", true); ?>/">example</a></li>



    Forum Moderator

    Sorry? What is it that you’re actually trying to do?

    well, I have a custom field with a specific value (es. xxxxx)

    this specific value is a part of a category name (es. category-xxxxx)

    I wish that:

    if category-xxxxx exists, display a link of this kind
    <a href=">category of xxxxx</a>
    else do nothing

    thanks a lot esmi



    Forum Moderator

    The code I gave above isn’t going to work then. It tests to see if you’re in a particular category – not whether that category exists.

    See if this works:

    $cat_name = 'category-' . get_post_meta($post->ID, "whatiwant", true);
    if( get_cat_ID( $cat_name ) ) :?>
    <li><a href="<?php bloginfo('url'); echo $cat_name; ?>/">example</a></li>
    <?php endif;?>

    thanks 4 reply but not works.. 🙁

    I have resolve half problem with:
    <?php if( is_category('categoria-' . get_post_meta($post->ID, "whatiwant", true)) ) echo '';

    but the problem, now, is echo ..

    I cannot display the correct url made of a static url + a query string.

    <li><a href="<?php echo get_post_meta($post->ID, "whatiwant", true); ?>/">example</a></li>

    how is the correct sintax?

    Thank’you very much, I really appreciate your efforts to help me!

    Not sure if I completely understood your need, but if you want to place the code on the category.php and test: “if it is a certain category show this link, else shows nothing” then this code may work for you.

    <?php if (is_category('id or name here')) { ?>
        Category of <?php the_category(' '); ?>
        <?php } else { ?>
        <?php } ?>

    No need to add link tag to the <?php the_category(‘ ‘); ?> as it will generate by itself.

    Or maybe for the custom field:

    <?php if (is_category(id or name here)) { ?>
    <?php if( get_post_meta($post->ID, "whatiwant", true) ): ?>
    <?php echo get_post_meta($post->ID, "whatiwant", $single = true); ?>
    <?php endif; ?>
    <?php } else { ?>
    <?php } ?>

    uhm.. sorry but the problem is more difficult.

    I have tryed this line:
    <?php if( is_category('photographs-' . get_post_meta($post->ID, "artist", true)) ) echo '<li><a href="' . get_option('home') . '/">photographs</a></li>';
    ..and it works fine!

    but the echo link must be different that home url
    I would display this:<?php echo get_post_meta($post->ID, "artist", true); ?>/

    how I code php?

    I have resolved!

    if( is_category('photographs-' . get_post_meta($post->ID, "artist", true)) ) echo('<li><a href="'.get_post_meta($post->ID,'artists',true).'">'.'

    but It works only on archives page.. but not in a simple page..

    anyone knows why?

    For regular pages, try if in_category.

    if( in_category('photographs-' . get_post_meta($post->ID, "artist", true)) ) echo('<li><a href="'.get_post_meta($post->ID,'artists',true).'">'.'


    You probably just need to include it to the page.php – you were only referring to archive.php…

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