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Turn your RSS feed into a shortcode

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Last week I wrote how to “Use WordPress to print a RSS feed for Eventbrite attendees“. It was pretty popular, but then I found myself in a place that was more annoying. Trying to incorporate that into a blog post or page.

Without having to download a plugin that will allow PHP to be executed inside a post, I would have to create a template file and use that. Which is what I did, and it works just fine. But for some reason I forgot all about shortcodes! With a shortcode, I could generate all the PHP in the functions file and then just call the shortcode when/where I want.

Okay, so lets show the completed PHP code:

function attendee_feed_print_2009() {
 global $wpdb;
 include_once( ABSPATH . WPINC . '/rss.php' );
 $rss = fetch_rss( 'http://www.eventbrite.com/rss/event_list_attendees/384870157' );
 $items = array_slice( $rss->items, 0 );
 if ( empty( $items ) ) echo '<ul style="list-style-type: none; list-style-image: none; list-style-position: outside;"><li>No items</li></ul>';

 else

 foreach ( $items as $item ) : ?>
 <ul style="list-style-type:none; list-style-image:none; list-style-position:outside; margin-bottom: 0px">
 <li><!--<strong><?php echo $item[ 'title' ]; //User name ?></strong><br />-->

 <?php echo $item[ 'content' ][ 'encoded' ]; ?>

 <hr style="border: 1px solid #ddd; margin-bottom: 8px" />
 </li>
 </ul>
 <?php endforeach;
}

Now, this code has to be changed for it to work as a shortcode. We’ll have to return the function and not print/echo it.

I also wanted to be able to use multiple instances of the code with different feeds. To do so I had to create a argument to extract from the completed short code. I found a demo at: Alex Mansfield’s post.

Remember this:

function attendee_feed_print_2009() {
 global $wpdb;
 include_once( ABSPATH . WPINC . '/rss.php' );
 $rss = fetch_rss( 'http://www.eventbrite.com/rss/event_list_attendees/384870157' );

We are going to update it to read as follows ( changes in bold ) :

function attendee_feed_print_2009( $rss_nbr ) {
 global $wpdb;
 extract( shortcode_atts( array( 'rss' => ''), $rss_nbr ) );
 include_once( ABSPATH . WPINC . '/rss.php' );
 $rss = fetch_rss( $rss );

And the final code with the fields updated to return the arguments ( put into your functions.php file ( in between <?php ?> ) ) :

function attendee_feed_print_2009( $rss_nbr ) {
  global $wpdb;
  extract( shortcode_atts( array( 'rss' => ''), $rss_nbr ) );
  include_once( ABSPATH . WPINC . '/rss.php' );
  $rss = fetch_rss( $rss );
  $items = array_slice( $rss->items, 0 );
  
  $rss_html = '<div id="eventbrite-attendee-list" style="clear:both;">';
  
  if ( empty( $items ) ) $rss_html .= '<ul style="list-style:none;"><li>No attendees, yet.</li></ul>';

  else

  foreach ( $items as $item ) :

  $rss_html .= '<ul style="background:none; list-style:none; margin:0px">';
  $rss_html .= '<li style="background:none; list-style:none;">';
  $rss_html .= $item[ 'content' ][ 'encoded' ];
    
  $rss_html .= '<hr style="border: 1px solid #ddd; margin-bottom: 10px" />';
  $rss_html .= '</li>';
  $rss_html .= '</ul>';
  
  endforeach;

  $rss_html .= '</div>';

  return $rss_html;
  }

And lets not forget to add the shortcode function!

add_shortcode( 'eventbrite-attendees', 'attendee_feed_print_2009' );

Final outcome with look like this `[eventbrite-attendees rss="http://your-rss-feed.com/"]`

I’ve created this into a plugin!

Download the plugin: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/eventbrite-attendees-shortcode/

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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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