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I'm trying to display content depending on if a user is in a category or a single post.

The function i'm using if this is a category is:

<?php if (is_category('')) { ?>

Similarly the function i'm using if this is a single post is:

<?php } elseif (is_single($post)) { ?>

How can I join these 2 functions creating a single function call to say if this is any category OR any single post?

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If this is the same if/else, you can just combine into if ( is_category() || is_single() ). You don't need to pass anything to is_category() or is_single() most of the time, unless you are looking for a category or post in particular.

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    Exactly right. if ( is_category() || is_single() ) will return true if the current page is a Category Archive Index or a Single Blog Post. – Chip Bennett Jun 28 '11 at 0:39

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