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I have the following shortcode in my content

[src]<a href="#">Some Link</a>, <a href="#">Some Other Link</a>[/src]

My post structure looks like this:

<?php echo $content; ?>
<?php wp_link_pages();?>

If that shortcode is being used in the content, I'd like for wp_link_pages to appear before it, if not, I would like it to display after the content. What's the best way to achieve this?

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If the shortcode is present, you want wp_list_pages to display before all of the post content or just before the shortcode? – s_ha_dum Dec 28 '12 at 22:09
If the shortcode is present, I want wp_list_pages to display before that shortcode. Haven't tried anything yet, I've been looking for a solution. I figure I need to a function that will check if the shortcode is being used in the post, and place the wp_list_pages before it, else, place wp_list_pages after the_content. And I understand that I'll need to use a filter to check for the shortcode before it is processed. – Joshua Richards Dec 28 '12 at 22:11
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Do something like this.

// your shortcode callback
function your_sc_callback($atts,$content) {
  $content = wp_list_pages(array('echo'=>false)).$content;
  return $content;

Now, in your theme template after the content prints

if (!defined('YOUR_SC_RAN')) {

Or, you could do ...

function append_list_pages($content) {
  return $content.wp_list_pages(array('echo'=>false));

And your shortcode callback would be ...

function your_sc_callback($atts,$content) {
  $content = wp_list_pages(array('echo'=>false)).$content;
  remove_filter( 'the_content','append_list_pages',100 );
  return $content;

Both or these are untested, so no guarantees, but I think either should work.

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Will test later tonight. Thank you! – Joshua Richards Dec 29 '12 at 0:56
No luck. wp list pages doesn't work from inside a shortcode function. Also, instead of echo, we have to use return I'm pretty sure. Alternatively, is there a way to pull out the content that is returned from the shortcode, and append it after the wp_list_pages. Maybe if I create a global variable to hold the output, then echo that after the wp_list_pages... though I'm not entirely sure how to even do that. – Joshua Richards Dec 29 '12 at 4:59
Yes. Probably should return. I am somewhat concerned about other the_content filters breaking the markup. I see no reason wp_list_pages shouldn't work in a shortcode : core.trac.wordpress.org/browser/tags/3.5/wp-includes/… – s_ha_dum Dec 29 '12 at 5:06
Actually it is being output! However, it's not in the correct position, it is appearing above the actual post. – Joshua Richards Dec 29 '12 at 19:12
Nevermind, I reviewed your code again, and I had implemented it incorrectly. It works now! Thank you. – Joshua Richards Dec 29 '12 at 19:19

You can create an empty where you want to put the wp_list_pages and and after all of that, use jQuery (html function) to move the content frome #from to #destionation.

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Please supply some example code as well as the description of what is does – shea Dec 29 '12 at 8:58

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