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I am using the Orbit Slider plugin successfully on my site. The plugin supports its own categories. I would like to embed the slider within my page.php template but allow each page to have it's own slider based on the category.

Inside my page.php I have this:

<?php echo do_shortcode('[orbit-slider category="page"]'); ?>

the category "page" is just the name of a category I created. It will display only slides that come from category.

Instead of hard-coding the category, I wanted to use custom fields so that on each individual page my client can specify a category to be shown. I have tried something like this but it's causing an internal server error:

<?php echo do_shortcode('[orbit-slider category="' echo get_post_meta($post->ID, "slide-category", true);'"]'); ?>

[09-Feb-2012 20:05:08] PHP Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_ECHO in /public_html/wp-content/themes/techmd960/page.php on line 21

Can someone point out what I am doing wrong? I figure it has to do with the quotes (double and single) but can't figure it out.

Essentially I just want to output the custom field "slide-category" as the value for category="" in the shortcode.

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

You've got an echo inside an echo.

Rewrite you code like this:

<?php echo do_shortcode('[orbit-slider category="' . get_post_meta($post->ID, "slide-category", true) . '"]'); ?>

This will concatenate things instead. and give you '[orbit-slider category="5"]' inside the do_shortcode() function.

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thanks that worked. – gteh Feb 10 '12 at 5:15
Please remember to mark it as the accepted answer if it worked :-) – EAMann Feb 10 '12 at 16:29

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