Im trying to echo the content from inside shortcodes into a conditional. I have two shortcodes like this:

function fb_fans( $atts, $content = null ) { return $content; }
add_shortcode( 'fans', 'fb_fans' );

function fb_nonfans( $atts, $content = null ) { return $content; }
add_shortcode( 'nonfans', 'fb_nonfans' );

then inside the loop I want echo content that the user puts inside...
[fans] echo this content [/fans] and also
[nonfans] else echo this [/nonfans]

heres what I have that obviously doesnt work

if ($like_status) { echo $fb_fans; } else {  echo $fb_nonfans; } 

anyone know how to write this correctly??? Thanks!

2 Answers 2


You need to use do_shortcode built in WordPress function as shown below:

if ($like_status) { 
  echo do_shortcode('[fb_fans]'); 
} else {  
  echo do_shortcode('[fb_nonfans]'); 

Please refer do_shortcode official documentation.


Use the actual function if you want to programatically call the shortcode.

echo fb_fans($atts, $content);


Well, I think you need to go back to learning how shortcodes work. You simply need to use the_content() to display shortcodes properly.

Within your content area, you the user would type:


This would output FOOBAR inside of the content. A shortcode is basically a way to use PHP functions within the content area safely.

  • unfortunately its coming up blank. scratching my head because two of you had the same answer. Maybe i need to add something to my loop to get content? heres the whole loop....... if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); if ($like_status) { echo fb_fans($atts, $content); } else { echo fb_nonfans($atts, $content); } endwhile; endif;
    – user12571
    Commented Jan 30, 2012 at 2:22
  • You have to declare the variables $atts and $content to contain some sort of data. Commented Jan 30, 2012 at 3:02
  • any idea of how to do that, when I want to only echo what the user puts inside of each shortcode?
    – user12571
    Commented Jan 30, 2012 at 3:39
  • youre definitely right about learning shortcodes. this is a very simple shortcode. instead of return $content i tried return do_shortcode($content); I think it made a difference. Where Im getting tripped us is how to write a conditional, where one shortcode content is the if, and other is the else.
    – user12571
    Commented Jan 30, 2012 at 23:06
  • Why not use a FB plugin to do all of this? There are plenty out there. :) Commented Jan 31, 2012 at 2:25

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