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I am trying to implement a way of having different colours for different categories in single.php. So, I have created a colour Picker field with Advanced Custom Fields and this field shows on each category page. Then the end user can choose a colour for each category in each category page where this colour picker field is present. After that the only thing I want to get the colours the end user chooses are the category links on my single.php.

At the moment I have it working fine if I only have one category. However, when I assign more than one category to the post they all become the same colour as the last category assigned.

Here is my code:

$terms = get_the_terms( get_the_ID(), 'category');

if( !empty($terms) ) {

    $term = array_shift($terms);
    $category_color = get_field('category_color', $term );
}

$post_categories = get_the_category();
$separator = ' ';
$output = '';

if ( $post_categories ) {

    foreach( $post_categories as $post_category ) {
        $output .= '<li class="meta-category">';
            $output .= '<a style="color:' . $category_color . ';" href="' . esc_url( get_category_link( $post_category->term_id ) ) . '" alt="' . esc_attr( sprintf( __( 'View all posts in %s', 'mytheme' ), $post_category->name ) ) . '">' . esc_html( $post_category->name ) . '</a>' . $separator;
        $output .= '</li>';
    }

    echo trim( $output, $separator );
}

And to illustrate better the problem I am facing here are some images of my entry categories on my single.php:

Here I have the aciform category, for example, which has been assigned the font colour of red. On its own it is red as it should be

Here I have the beauty category, for example, which has been assigned the font colour of blue. On its own it is blue as it should be

And here I have assigned those two categories to the same post. And the expected result should be Aciform - red and Beauty - blue. But for some reason they both show as blue..

Image 1 - Here I have the aciform category, for example, which has been assigned the font colour of red. On its own it is red as it should be

Image 2 - Here I have the beauty category, for example, which has been assigned the font colour of blue. On its own it is blue as it should be

Image 3 - And here I have assigned those two categories to the same post. And the expected result should be Aciform - red and Beauty - blue. But for some reason they both show as blue..

I have been struggling with this for awhile and can't seem to find a solution. I guess it might even be something really simple I am missing but after so much time I just can't see it.

  • $category_color in your output ( loop ) is an array. You need to define them. – Jevuska Mar 6 '16 at 3:47
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You should be running the first piece of code inside your foreach loop. What you are currently doing is to get all the post terms, get the first term object, then passing the custom field value of that term into your foreach loop for every post term.

Your code should look something like this:

$post_categories = get_the_category();
if ( $post_categories ) {
    $separator = ' ';
    $output    = '';
    foreach( $post_categories as $post_category ) {
        $category_color = get_field( 'category_color', $post_category );
        $output .= '<li class="meta-category">';
            $output .= '<a style="color:' . $category_color . ';" href="' . esc_url( get_category_link( $post_category ) ) . '" alt="' . esc_attr( sprintf( __( 'View all posts in %s', 'mytheme' ), $post_category->name ) ) . '">' . esc_html( $post_category->name ) . '</a>' . $separator;
        $output .= '</li>';
    }

    echo trim( $output, $separator );
}

Just a note, always pass the whole term object to get_term_link() and get_category_link() If you pass the ID or slug to these functions, they will make another db call to get the term object, which is totally unnecessary. If you pass the term object (which you already have), no extra db calls are made, so this way you save a lot on resources, specially if you have plenty posts

EDIT

You can also build an array and use implode to display your string

$post_categories = get_the_category();
if ( $post_categories ) {
    $separator = ' ';
    $output    = [];
    foreach( $post_categories as $post_category ) {
        $category_color = get_field( 'category_color', $post_category );
        $output[] = '<li class="meta-category">
                         <a style="color:' . $category_color . ';" href="' . esc_url( get_category_link( $post_category ) ) . '" alt="' . esc_attr( sprintf( __( 'View all posts in %s', 'mytheme' ), $post_category->name ) ) . '"> 
                             ' . esc_html( $post_category->name ) . '
                         </a>
                    </li>';
    }

    if ( $output )
        echo implode( $separator, $output );
}
  • Thanks a lot! Can't believe I didn't see this. Thank you ;) – Madeirense Mar 7 '16 at 8:54
  • My pleasure, glad it worked. Enjoy ;-) – Pieter Goosen Mar 7 '16 at 9:10
  • I have asked another question here. Was wondering if you could help. – Madeirense Mar 7 '16 at 12:51

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