Goal: Create a page template that queries that database based on page title. This allows for "dynamic" pages based off of the title.

I've got the page template set up and working when I hard code the id, when I try and use the_title_attribute() it's not working. This is what I'm attempting.

$id = the_title_attribute();
$sql = "SELECT * FROM <databasename>.<tablename> WHERE name = '". $id."'";
$results = $wpdb->get_results($sql, OBJECT);

The issue with this is that the_title_attribtue() doesn't populate in time for my query because it's populating later for the page to be rendered. So I'm trying to figure out how to pull page title so I can use it in SQL select statements to generate content for my page.

Any help is appreciated.

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    Why not use get_the_title() with $wpdb->prepare()?
    – Howdy_McGee
    Nov 27, 2017 at 5:11
  • @Howdy_McGee I attempted to use prepare based on examples I saw but the same result happens, at the time of execution it returns blank. $sql = $wpdb->prepare("SELECT * FROM <databasename>.<tablename> WHERE name = '%d'", get_the_title());
    – Matt
    Nov 27, 2017 at 6:07
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    Have you turned on debugging? And %d looks for a decimal or number value, you need to use %s.
    – Howdy_McGee
    Nov 27, 2017 at 15:24
  • @Howdy_McGee Thanks, updating the code to use '%s' along with the prepare statement provided the correct solution. If you would like to answer the question I will mark your answer as correct.
    – Matt
    Nov 28, 2017 at 2:20

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Answer provided by @Howdy_McGee who commented on the question. Using the prepare statement allowed the results to be pulled at the correct time and using %s is for strings and %d would be for a decimal or number value.

$sql = $wpdb->prepare("SELECT * FROM <databaseName>.<tableName> WHERE name = '%s'", get_the_title());
$results = $wpdb->get_results($sql, OBJECT);

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