I'm using Advanced Custom Fields and a WYSIWYG field type. Can you determine via php if that field has an image in the content OR is there a better was to evaluate this.

For example, if I upload an image into the editor and float if right of the text - I intend on treating the rendered container differently than a container without the image.

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There isn't really a built-in way in WordPress to determine if a content field has an image in it, but you can use standard PHP functions to check. For example, I've used a similar technique to check if a post's featured image has also been inserted into the post content, and if so, haven't shown the featured image again.

You haven't included any of your code, so this is just a sample you'll need to work in to what you already have.

The strpos() function will tell you if a specific string is inside another string. For example:

if( strpos( get_the_content(), '<img ' ) ){ /* this content has an image */ }

You could perhaps use this to add classes to your content container, so you can treat it differently in the CSS:

$image_class = strpos( get_the_content(), '<img ' ) ) ? 'has-image' : 'no-image';

<div class="post-content <?php echo $image_class; ?>">
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    FWIW I've just spent a day or two looking through wp-includes/media.php and related core files and can concur that there isn't a helpful function for this. There are functions to pull out a list of media embeds or gallery images from a piece of content, and get_media_embedded_in_content might be usable for the OP's purpose but if all you're after is a yes/no on an image being present then Tim's answer seems the easy way to check. Commented Aug 4, 2016 at 14:49
  • Tim, Thanks for the follow up on this! I ended up checking via jquery on load and just curious which would be technically more efficient? I know I originally asked about doing this in php. Just curious. @AndyMacaulay-Brook, thanks for that reference,I wasn't aware something like this existed!!
    – Javi
    Commented Aug 9, 2016 at 2:02
  • My rule of thumb is - generally - if it can be done in the PHP, do it there. It's almost always more efficient to do it server-side, especially because if what you're doing is cached, it's pretty much done once rather than many times. In this case also, you avoid a flash of unstyled content before jQuery applies the class. This is just a rule of thumb though... every situation is different :)
    – Tim Malone
    Commented Aug 9, 2016 at 4:13

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