I have a checked a few links but nothing seems to for me in getting the attribute value of a shortcode so that I can use it in a condition.

function bf_shortcode_slideshow($atts) {
    'location' => ''
  ), $atts));

  if  ( $location = 'home' ) {
  classslider = 'homeslider';
  include(dirname(dirname(__FILE__)) . '/templates/slideshow.php');
  return ob_get_clean();
add_shortcode('rotator', 'bf_shortcode_slideshow');

In the slideshow.php I have a

echo 'classslider=' . $classslider;

My result for $classslider is blank ( nothing is displayed ) Is there another way you should compare $location to a string value set ?

1 Answer 1


include changes the scope. You would need to declare $classslider global before defining it, and then use global $classslider; before using it.

function bf_shortcode_slideshow($atts) {
  global $classslider;
  extract(shortcode_atts(array( ...

I think that will fix your problem.

I don't understand why you are using include at all though. There must be a better way to make that slideshow work.

  • Thank you for your response. When I add global $classslider and then echo out $classslider in the included file, I still don't get anything returned. I believe the included file seperate from the shortcode creation is to keep the code clean.
    – thembisue
    Jan 24, 2013 at 20:46
  • Did you add global $classslider; to the included file as well?
    – s_ha_dum
    Jan 24, 2013 at 20:47
  • yes I added it global $classslider; at the start of the included file
    – thembisue
    Jan 24, 2013 at 20:49
  • Ok In addition so your solution,I made a change in how the condition was written and now it is working. the condition shouuld have been if ($location = 'home') {$classslider = "homeslider";} Thank you
    – thembisue
    Jan 24, 2013 at 20:54
  • Explaining exactly what you did might help the next person who wanders by.
    – s_ha_dum
    Jan 24, 2013 at 20:55

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