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Hey there,

I'm currently working on a WordPress website and I stumbled upon an issue while trying to display some dynamic content using PHP. I want to utilize the `do_shortcode` function to achieve this, but I'm not quite sure how to use it with a WordPress variable.

Here's what I'm aiming to do: I have a custom field in my post called "dynamic_shortcode" that contains a shortcode for a specific plugin. I want to retrieve the value of this custom field and dynamically display the shortcode's output within my template file.

I've tried something like this:
$dynamicContent = get_post_meta( get_the_ID(), 'dynamic_shortcode', true );
echo do_shortcode( $dynamicContent );

However, this doesn't seem to work. I'm assuming the issue lies in the way I'm using the `do_shortcode` function with a variable. Am I missing any steps or misusing this function? Is there a correct way to accomplish this task?

I'll appreciate any guidance or insights you can provide. Thanks in advance for your help!

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Hey there,

I've encountered a similar situation before and had to use the `do_shortcode` function with a WordPress variable. From what I can see, your code seems fine. The issue might not be with the `do_shortcode` function itself, but rather with the custom field value you're trying to retrieve.

First, make sure that you have correctly set the value of the "dynamic_shortcode" custom field for your post. Double-check that the shortcode is in the correct format and includes all the necessary attributes and parameters.

Also, ensure that you are calling the `get_post_meta` function within the appropriate loop. If you're outside the loop, you might need to pass the post ID as a parameter to retrieve the custom field value correctly.

If everything appears to be set up correctly, try echoing the `$dynamicContent` variable itself to see if it contains the expected shortcode. This will help identify whether the issue lies with the custom field or the `do_shortcode` function.

Lastly, verify that the plugin associated with the shortcode is installed and active on your WordPress site. If it's not, the `do_shortcode` function won't be able to parse and execute the shortcode.

I hope these suggestions help you in resolving the issue. Let me know if you have any further questions or details to share so that we can troubleshoot together.



I had a similar encounter with using the `do_shortcode` function recently, and the solution might be simpler than you think. Your code snippet looks correct to me.

However, one thing you might want to check is if the "dynamic_shortcode" custom field is properly registered and associated with the post type you're using. It's possible that the function `get_post_meta` isn't returning the expected value because the custom field isn't set up correctly.

To ensure that the custom field is properly registered, you could use a plugin like Advanced Custom Fields or a custom code snippet within your theme's functions.php file. Make sure the field is correctly associated with the post type and has the same spelling and capitalization as you're using in your code.

If you've already double-checked the custom field registration, there might be a conflict with another plugin or a theme function that's affecting the `do_shortcode` behavior. In such cases, it can be helpful to troubleshoot the issue by temporarily deactivating other plugins or switching to a default WordPress theme (such as Twenty Twenty-one) to check if the shortcode parsing works in those scenarios.

I hope this helps you get closer to resolving the issue. Let me know if you have any other details to share or if you need further assistance. Good luck!

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