Struggling to get the format right for the PHP in this do_shortcode embed using variables from Advanced Custom Fields plugin. I think I've tried every variation on ., ', and ". After reading every resource I could find I'm still no closer.

    $address = get_field('cong_streetaddress');
    $city = get_field('cong_city');
    $province = get_field('cong_province');
    $postalcode = get_field('cong_postalcode');

    echo do_shortcode('[pw_map address="'" . $address . " . " . $city . " . " . $province . " . " . $postalcode . "'" width="100%" height="200px"]'); 

Doing it with just one variable, like so echo do_shortcode('[pw_map address="'. $postalcode . '" width="100%" height="200px"]'); works fine.

  • 1
    Please add the callback function for this shortcode to your question. It will be much easier then to give a useful answer. Oh, and welcome to WordPress Stack Exchange!
    – fuxia
    Commented Oct 7, 2012 at 19:59
  • Thanks very much for the welcome and for your help. This is quite the resource - I'm amazed. The shortcode is generated by a plugin called simple google maps short code wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-google-maps-short-code.
    – Jim Kite
    Commented Oct 7, 2012 at 20:04

1 Answer 1


Your syntax is broken, the quote marks do not match. Try to separate data from the shortcode template, and use sprintf():

$shortcode = sprintf(
    '[pw_map address="%1$s %2$s %3$s %4$s" width="%5$s" height="200px"]',
echo do_shortcode( $shortcode );

That’s much easier to read, and it is harder to create syntax errors. :)

  • It doesn't seem to return anything (I think because it doesn't have values for any of those variables). I edited like so: <?php $address = get_field('cong_streetaddress'); $city = get_field('cong_city'); $province = get_field('cong_province'); $postalcode = get_field('cong_postalcode'); $shortcode = sprintf( '[pw_map address="%1$s %2$s %3$s %4$s" width="100%" height="200px"]', $address, $city, $province, $postalcode ); echo do_shortcode( $shortcode ); ?> but that didn't work either.
    – Jim Kite
    Commented Oct 7, 2012 at 19:51
  • Oops. How does one format code blocks in comments?
    – Jim Kite
    Commented Oct 7, 2012 at 19:52
  • One does not simply code into Comments
    – Tom J Nowell
    Commented Oct 7, 2012 at 19:54
  • @JimKite The % in 100% might have mixed up sprintf(). Try the changed code now.
    – fuxia
    Commented Oct 7, 2012 at 20:05
  • The percentage mark change doesn't seem to have made any difference as far as I can see. It still doesn't return anything to the page. Was I correct to be declaring the variables before this code?
    – Jim Kite
    Commented Oct 7, 2012 at 20:50

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