I used this code to display content from my custom fields only where post category id is 5, but all data from the custom fields show above the table in a straight line like a paragraph.

$post = $wp_query->post; if ( in_category('5') ) {
echo "<table><tr><td> ".the_field('song_title')."</td></td>
        <b>Artist: </b> ".the_field('artist')."</td></tr>
        <b >Song Title:</b> ".the_field('song_title')."</td></tr>
        <b>Song Lenght:</b> ".the_field('song_lenght')."</td></tr></table>
}  ?>
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    First <tr> is not closed in the first line, you close td tag twice instead of tr
    – anton
    Commented May 2, 2019 at 15:05
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    Commented May 2, 2019 at 15:37

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Welcome to this community Prezido. the_field() function has echo in it. There is no problem with in_category() function. You need to use get_field() function when you echo the values of fields.

I've updated your code. This version should work as expected.

    $post = $wp_query->post;
if ( in_category( '5' ) ) {
     echo '<table>
     <tr><td> ' . get_field( 'song_title' ) . '</td></tr>
    <tr><td><b>Artist: </b> ' . get_field( 'artist' ) . '</td></tr>
    <tr><td><b >Song Title:</b> ' . get_field( 'song_title' ) . '</td></tr>
    <tr><td><b>Song Lenght:</b> ' . get_field( 'song_lenght' ) . '</td></tr>
    ';  }
  • Thanks man, I already used a seperate single.php file to achieve that. I really appreciate your time. Is there a link to a tutorial where i can learn how to create a plugin that will add custom fields to my post. not like a plugin but a code in my theme file? I have been trying to create a custom field that ads itself automatically to my post whenever i choose a specific category. Note, I do not need a plugin for this
    – Prezido
    Commented May 3, 2019 at 6:39
  • You can add an implement of javascript which can add custom fields (with hidden inputs etc) to the post when you select the certain category from WordPress category box. I don't know is there any tutorial about this, but it can be done with some research. Commented May 3, 2019 at 10:51

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