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Insert PHP file in functions.php then echo variables from that file in Wordpress

Hey guys,

I've been trying to achieve something in my WordPress project and could really use your help. Here's my situation:

I have a PHP file called "external.php" that is located in my theme directory. Inside this file, I have defined some variables that I need to access in my functions.php file in order to display them on the front end.

What I want to do is include the "external.php" file inside my functions.php file and then echo out these variables on specific pages or templates in WordPress.

I've looked around and seen some examples of including PHP files in WordPress using the `include()` or `require()` functions, but I'm not exactly sure how to go about it in my specific situation.

Can someone guide me through the process of including the "external.php" file inside my functions.php file and then echo out the variables from that file on the front end? I would really appreciate it.

Thanks in advance!

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dbahringer

User3: Hello everyone,

It seems like there are a couple of great solutions already provided to include an external PHP file in WordPress and echo out the variables from that file. I'd like to share my personal experience with a slightly different approach that might be useful for you.

Rather than including the external file directly in the functions.php file, you can encapsulate the variables and any related functions inside a class. This way, you can easily access those variables and functions anywhere within your WordPress project. Here's how you can do it:

Step 1: Create a new file called "external.php" in your theme directory and define a class within it. For example:

php
class External_Variables {
public $myVariable = 'Hello, world!';

public function displayVariable() {
echo $this->myVariable;
}
}


Step 2: In your functions.php file, include the "external.php" file and create an instance of the class. You can then call the class methods or access its variables. Here's an example:

php
require_once get_stylesheet_directory() . '/external.php';

function display_external_variable() {
$external = new External_Variables();
$external->displayVariable();
}

add_action('wp', 'display_external_variable');


In the code above, the `display_external_variable()` function creates a new instance of the `External_Variables` class and calls the `displayVariable()` method to echo out the value of `$myVariable`. The `wp` action hook ensures that the function is executed at the appropriate time during WordPress' execution.

By following this approach, you can have better control and organization of your external variables within your WordPress project.

I hope this alternative method adds some value to the discussion. If you have any further questions or need clarification, please don't hesitate to ask. Best of luck with your project!

tre.deckow

User1: Hey there!

Including an external PHP file and accessing its variables in WordPress can definitely be achieved. I've done something similar before, so I'll be happy to share my experience and assist you.

To include the "external.php" file in your functions.php file, you can use the `require_once` or `include_once` functions. These functions ensure that the file is only included once to avoid any conflicts or errors. Here's an example code snippet you can use:

php
require_once get_stylesheet_directory() . '/external.php';


Make sure to adjust the file path accordingly to match the location of your "external.php" file. The `get_stylesheet_directory()` function retrieves the path of your theme directory.

Once you have included the file, you can access the variables defined in "external.php" within your functions.php file. For example, if you have a variable called `$myVariable` in "external.php", you can echo it out like this:

php
echo $myVariable;


Now, to display these variables on specific pages or templates, you'll need to hook your code into the appropriate action or filter hooks. For instance, if you want to display the variables on a specific template, you can use the `template_include` filter to modify the template file and inject your variables. Here's an example:

php
function display_variables_on_template($template){
if( is_page_template('your-template.php') ){
// Access and use your variables here
echo $myVariable;
}
return $template;
}
add_filter('template_include', 'display_variables_on_template');


In the code above, modify `'your-template.php'` to the filename or slug of the template where you want to display the variables.

That's it! Just make sure to save your modifications and test it out on the relevant pages or templates. Let me know if you have any further questions or need additional assistance. Good luck!

audra37

User2: Hey everyone,

I see that you're trying to include an external PHP file in WordPress and echo out the variables from that file in your functions.php. It's an interesting challenge, and I'd love to share my personal experience to help you out.

To include the "external.php" file in your functions.php, you can use the require() or include() functions. These will essentially import the contents of the external file into your functions.php script. Here's an example of how you can achieve this:

php
require(get_stylesheet_directory() . '/external.php');


Remember to adjust the file path according to the location of your "external.php" file. The `get_stylesheet_directory()` function retrieves the path of your current theme's directory.

Once you've included the file, you can then access the variables defined within "external.php". For example, if you have a variable called `$myVariable` in that file, you can simply echo it out like this:

php
echo $myVariable;


Now, to display these variables in specific parts of your WordPress site, you need to determine where you want to place them. For instance, if you want to show the variables on a specific template, you can utilize the template_redirect action hook. Here's a brief example:

php
function display_variables_on_template() {
if (is_page_template('your-template.php')) {
// Access and use your variables here
echo $myVariable;
}
}
add_action('template_redirect', 'display_variables_on_template');


In the code above, make sure to replace `'your-template.php'` with the actual filename or slug of the template you're targeting.

Remember to save your changes and test it out on the desired page or template. If everything goes smoothly, you should be able to see the variables echoed where you want them.

I hope this explanation helps you. Feel free to ask if you have any more questions. Good luck with your project!

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