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I'm coding a graphic menu that consist in five divs with a background each. On mouseover the background changes and the child div disappears. On click, each one works like a link to the correspondent category. I want to apply some changes to the clicked div, so I was wonder if there is some function in wordpress to get the selected category. So I can check for It and in function of wich category is selected apply the changes to the correspondent div.

Thanks in advance.

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Without actual code, it will be nearly impossible for us to provide suggestions. (Note: please post the PHP code, not the parsed/output HTML. – Chip Bennett Jan 27 '12 at 15:54
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If you use wp_list_categories (see Codex), it automatically adds the classes cat-item,cat-item-{ID} and (to the current category being viewed) current-cat. (It also adds current-cat-parent to the parent of the current category).

This should be enough to style any particular category a certain way, and style the current category a particlar way.

However, you can obtain the current category being viewed by, in your category template file, using:

$term = get_queried_object();

The current category's slug is given by $term->slug. This would allow you to add a certain styling to the current category (the exact details of how to do that would depend on how you were displaying the category links).

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This was really helpfull. Thanks for your answer. I'm not using the wp_list_category, because I'm doing this menu from scratch using divs with background images so the get_queried_object() its going to be the more suitable. – limoragni Jan 27 '12 at 19:05

I think you are looking for the in_category condition.


With this you can check if something is in a certain category and execute script, and if it's in another category do something different.

if ( in_category( 'category1' )) {
} elseif ( in_category( array( 'Tropical Birds', 'small-mammals' ) )) {
} else {
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This will check if the current post is in a particular category. Thus it may return true for category terms other than the one being viewed because the post exists in both terms. – Stephen Harris Jan 27 '12 at 16:08
Good point Stephen. Didn't think of that. – Jason Bahl Jan 28 '12 at 16:52

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