I've seen a couple of questions that address this problem but I can't seem to get it to work based on the answers given.
I have 2 plugins that I've written myself that output content via shortcodes. Both must be displayed on the same page, so on my page I have something like this:
[shortcode1] Some Content [shortcode2]
However on the page all content generated by both shortcodes appears above "Some Content."
I've read that this is an issue with not using return. Indeed my plugins are using echo because they are basically WP_Querys and I want to output some data wrapped in specific HTML. So what I've got is a bunch of variables and I do something like this inside the query loop:
<?php $foo = get_the_title(); $bar = get_permalink(); echo '<a href="'.$bar.'">'.$foo.'</a>'; ?>
Both the plugins work, with the exception of being out of order. I'm having trouble trying to convert my use of "echo" to properly using return instead. I've tried:
1.) Find & Replace all 'echo' with 'return' (which obviously didn't work :P)
2.) using a variable that is equal to the string I want to output and them returning the variable at the end of the function (but still within the query loop)