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Calling custom fields for next/previous posts

Custom fields are definitely very useful and are used on many WordPress installs. Today I’m going to show you how to easily get custom fields values outside the loop.

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With that said, I’d like to say I am using this snippet for a new theme I am building.

I want to pull a custom field from the “next” & “previous” post. So I used the following to do so:

<?php
  $previous_post = get_previous_post();
  $next_post = get_next_post();
  $image_prev = get_post_meta( $previous_post->ID, 'image', $single = true);
  $image_next = get_post_meta( $next_post->ID, 'image', $single = true);
?>

Simple. This is how I put it to use:

<?php if ( $image_prev != '' ) : ?>

  <img src="<?php echo FROSTY_SCRIPTS  ?>/thumb.php?src=<?php echo $image_prev; ?>&amp;h=50&amp;w=169&amp;zc=1&amp;q=80" alt="" />

<?php endif; ?>

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Remove spaces when echoing the_title

Ever wanted to print or echo the WordPress title attribute without spaces?

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This little trick can be useful for calling custom functions and printing the title with out spaces for W3C compatibility. I used this trick in a new theme called Galleria, which will be out for public download in the coming days.

Using this comes in handy for a delicious text link:

<?php $title = get_the_title(); ?>
<a href="http://del.icio.us/post?url=<?php echo $title; ?>&amp;<?php echo str_replace(" ", "%20", $title); ?>">
Bookmark This (<?php echo $title; ?>)</a>

What I am doing is calling $title = get_the_title(); and using str_replace(" ", "%20", $title); to replace empty spaces with a %20, which is used in URL encoding empty spaces.

Alternatively you can use a dash or underscore.

Thanks to Jason Boyle for his adaption.

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Display the_excerpt only if there is text

Have you ever wanted to display the excerpt only if you write one? A simple couple lines of code can display the_excerpt any where you like.

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In my new theme, I am using this coded trick to display the excerpt on a single post only if I’ve got text inside. Usually if you use the_excerpt and you don’t have one, it will fake one for you.

This is not something that I wanted to do on the single post page. So I used the following code to check if the excerpt existed.

if ( !empty( $post->post_excerpt ) ) :

Once this action is taken into account, you can factor in what code you want to out put if the post_excerpt isn’t empty.

if ( !empty( $post->post_excerpt ) ) :
	the_excerpt();
else :
	false;
endif;

The above code checks if there is an excerpt and print’s it to the screen. If there isn’t an except, it doesn’t do anything.

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Add a shortcode

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This is a simple one.

/**
 * Your Blog title
 *
 */
function my_blog_title() {
	$blogname = get_bloginfo('name');
    return '<span class="blog-title">' . $blogname . '</span>';
}		  	
add_shortcode('blog-title', 'my_blog_title');

Just add this to your functions.php file and then add [blog-title] in any post or page and it will return your Blog Title. :)

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