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Set category using text field

  • How would i go about making it so a text field can set the posts category ?

    add_action( 'acf/save_post', 'category_by_text', 10 );
    function category_by_text( $post_id ) {
        // Bail if not logged in or not able to post
        if ( ! ( is_user_logged_in() || current_user_can('publish_posts') ) ) {
        // Bail early if no ACF data
        if( empty($_POST['acf']) ) {
        // ACF image field key
        $catatext = $_POST['acf']['field_551c9469b244c'];
        // Bail if image field is empty
        if ( empty($catatext) ) {
        // Add the value which is the image ID to the _thumbnail_id meta data for the current post
        add_post_meta( $post_id, 'category', $catatext );

    so far i have this, but it doesn’t work. am i going about it completely wrong?

  • The support for this plugin is next to none, i regret buying it! what a joke.

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