In another question I was talking about using theme options to modify CSS. This is a separate but related question.

When a user sets a link colour in my theme, here's how I'm including their choice:

<?php $options = get_option('mytheme_theme_options'); _e( 'a, a:link {color: #' ); echo $options['linkcolour']; _e( ';}' ); ?>

So, if a user specifies a link colour of #333333 in the theme options page, then my code above outputs a nice clean bit of CSS:

a, a:link {color: #333333;}


However, if they don't specify any link colour value, then I get this:

a, a:link {color: #;}

...which is both ugly and redundant -- it doesn't do anything.

I'm not a PHP person, so I don't really know the best way to fix this, but I imagine that it could be fixed with an if-else statement of some kind, where the code only gets output when the user sets a value. Is that right? If so, what code should I use?


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There's no need to be using _e() that's for text that's to be translated, you don't translate CSS, it only comes in one language...

With regard to your if/else'ing, try this..

$options = get_option('mytheme_theme_options');
if( isset( $options['linkcolour'] ) && ( !empty( $options['linkcolour'] ) ) )   
    printf( "a, a:link {color: #%s;}", $options['linkcolour'] );

Here's some PHP references for helping understand the PHP that was used above.


Hope that helps.

  • Awesome. :) t31os, good sir -- I thank you! Great answer.
    – snthr
    Commented Mar 9, 2011 at 0:14
  • As a related sub-question: how would I go about doing the same thing with output from other form elements -- checkboxes, radio buttons, drop-down select inputs, textareas, etc? Would the code be pretty much identical, or are there any changes?
    – snthr
    Commented Mar 9, 2011 at 0:25

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