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How to use PHP variable with a Wordpress Shortcode of AAWP Plugin

Hey everyone,

I'm new to WordPress and recently installed the AAWP (Amazon Affiliate for WordPress) plugin on my website. I'm loving it so far, but I'm having trouble using PHP variables within the plugin's shortcode.

Specifically, I want to dynamically pass a product ID to the AAWP shortcode so that it displays the corresponding Amazon product. However, when I try to use a PHP variable within the shortcode, it just displays the variable as plain text instead of evaluating it.

For example, here's the shortcode I'm using:
[amazon box="ASIN_NUMBER"]

And here's the PHP variable I want to use:
$asin = 'B01ABCD';

I tried doing something like this:
[amazon box="$asin"]

But it just displays "$asin" as plain text instead of using the value of the variable.

I'm sure there's a simple solution to this, but I couldn't find the answer in the plugin's documentation or online. Can someone please guide me on how to properly use PHP variables within a shortcode for the AAWP plugin?

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Hey there,

I had a similar issue when I was using the AAWP plugin with WordPress. To use a PHP variable within the AAWP shortcode, you need to use a little bit of extra code to make it work.

Instead of directly including the variable within the shortcode, you can use the WordPress `do_shortcode()` function to dynamically generate the shortcode with the variable value. Here's an example:

$asin = 'B01ABCD';
$shortcode = '[amazon box="' . $asin . '"]';
$product_html = do_shortcode($shortcode);
echo $product_html;

In this code snippet, first, I define the `$asin` variable with the desired product ID. Then, I construct the shortcode string using concatenation to include the variable value. Finally, I use the `do_shortcode()` function to generate the HTML output of the shortcode with the variable's value.

You can modify this code according to your requirements. It should help you display the desired Amazon product based on the `$asin` variable value.

Give it a try and let me know if it solves your issue!



I understand your frustration with using PHP variables within the AAWP plugin's shortcode. I faced a similar issue in the past, but I found a workaround that worked well for me.

To incorporate a PHP variable into the AAWP shortcode, you can use the `sprintf()` function. This function allows you to insert variable values into a string template conveniently. Here's an example that demonstrates how to achieve this:

$asin = 'B01ABCD';
$shortcode_template = '[amazon box="%s"]';
$shortcode = sprintf($shortcode_template, $asin);
echo do_shortcode($shortcode);

In this code snippet, I define the `$asin` variable with the desired product ID. Next, I create a template for the AAWP shortcode using the `%s` placeholder to indicate where the variable value should be inserted. The `sprintf()` function takes the template and the `$asin` variable as arguments and replaces the placeholder with the actual value.

Finally, I utilize the `do_shortcode()` function to generate the HTML output of the shortcode with the updated value of `$asin`. This way, the AAWP plugin will interpret the shortcode correctly and display the corresponding Amazon product.

Make sure to modify the code as per your specific needs, and give it a try. I hope this technique helps you integrate PHP variables seamlessly into the AAWP shortcode!

If you have any further questions, feel free to ask. Good luck!

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