How can I identify what category the current page is showing in the <head>? Here's the code I have now:

<?php if ( is_home() ) { ?>
    <!-- set up for home page ad -->
<?php } elseif ( in_category( 'Restaurant Reviews' )) { ?>
    <!-- set up for restaurant reviews ad -->
<?php } else { ?>
    <!-- set up for run of site ad -->
<?php } ?>

This code fails on my "Restaurant Reviews" page... it always selects the "run of site" option.

As a test, lower down in the page, I used the_category() to see what categories WP thought the current page used, and I got "Chelsea, Manhattan, New York, Restaurant Reviews". And of course, the in_category() command works correctly there in the lower part of my page, and properly recognizes when it's in the "Restaurant Reviews" category.

So-- up there in the <head>, how can I tell when I'm in the "Restaurant Reviews" category?

  • Really, one downvote and no comment or answer? Sheesh, tough crowd... – Eric Feb 19 '13 at 23:07
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    Yeah, it can be at times. :) The downvote might be because the question is fairly easily answered via the Codex. But personally, I think confusing is_category() and in_category() is easy to do and common, and as such, this is a good question. – Chip Bennett Feb 20 '13 at 2:09

The in_category( $category ) conditional only returns true when the current post has the specified category assigned. If you want to determine when you are on a category archive index page, you should instead use is_category( $category ):

if ( is_category( 'Restaurant Reviews' ) ) {
    // The current page is the Restaurant Reviews
    // category archive index page; do something

Side note: is_home() returns true when the current page is the blog posts index, which will not always be true for the site front page. If the site uses a static front page, the blog posts index will be on a separate, static page, and is_home() will not return true on the site front page. So, if you actually intend to query for the site front page, use is_front_page():

if ( is_front_page() ) {
    // set up for home page ad
} elseif ( is_category( 'Restaurant Reviews' )) {
    // set up for restaurant reviews ad
} else {
    // set up for run of site ad

It depends on where you are in the <head>. Take a look at the Plugin API/Action reference. The post object is not set up until the wp hook. If you are adding this conditional, manually the header.pher before wp_head() you probably don't have anything to work with.

I'd try adding it via function to perhaps even the wp_enqueue_scripts hook.

  • Actually, the query is already set, and all query conditionals known and available, by the time the template loads (after all, template_redirect relies on knowing the result of template_loader to determine the correct template to load from the template hierarchy - and the template hierarchy depends on the query conditionals. – Chip Bennett Feb 20 '13 at 2:11

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