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String Comparison if statement, boolean comparison don't work on if statement

  • I feel kind of dumb for asking this pretty basic question but I’ve tried several things, read a around a bunch and can’t seem to figure out what I’m doing wrong.

        $loop = new WP_Query( array( 'post_type' => 'side_project', 'orderby' => 'post_id', 'order' => 'ASC' ) ); ?>
                //While loop cycling through sideproject posts.
                while( $loop->have_posts() ) : $loop->the_post();
                $centerVertical = get_field('center_vertical'); ?>
                    <figure class="side-project-box lazy" style="<?php $field = 'overlay'; echo tag_stripped_field($field); ?>">
                        <div class="img-container">
                            if ( $centerVertical === "vertical") {?>
                                <img class="side-project-img lazy" style="top:-300px;, right:100px;" src="<?php echo get_the_post_thumbnail_url() ?>" />
                            <?php} else {?>
                                <img class="side-project-img lazy" src="<?php echo get_the_post_thumbnail_url() ?>" />

    It’s very simple. I have some images that serve as backgrounds for some blog preview links. Everything has been working fine, but I decided I wanted to add an option to tamp the center down a bit if the image was extremely vertical in it’s aspect ratio.

    At first I tried a true/false output. I would echo the $centerVertical into a <p> so I could see what it was outputting. For true, it was outputting 1, for false, nothing. I assume null but having it check for either 1 or null or 0 still lead to the same empty screen that wouldn’t load anything else on the page.

    Second I tried radio buttons as you can see here. I get an explicit output of “vertical” or “none” and yet when I check for vertical I still get a broken webpage where nothing loads. I know it’s this particular if statement because I can put it in and take it out and it breaks it each time. I know the field is properly outputting because I have echoed it into visible HTML to check. But I still can’t find it. It’s just acting wonky.

  • Not sure if these will be a complete solution, but here are a few things I noticed:

    1. Try adding white space after your opening php tags:

    <?php} else {?> // Incorrect 
    <?php } else { ?> // Correct
    <?php}?> // Incorrect
    <?php } ?> // Correct

    2. Looks like you are missing a closing div for .img-container.

    3. Does your code include an endwhile?

  • Yeah it has an endwhile. And there’s a closing div for img container I just accidently didn’t copy it over. I ended up getting it to work but by doing this:

      if ( 'vertical' == get_field('center_vertical') ): ?>
                                <img class="side-project-img lazy" style="top:-300px; right:100px;" src="<?php echo get_the_post_thumbnail_url() ?>" />
                            <?php else: ?>
                                <img class="side-project-img lazy" src="<?php echo get_the_post_thumbnail_url() ?>" />
                            <?php endif;?>

    Which is just a piece of code I copied from elsewhere on the forum so I think it was just some syntax issue I was overlooking, probably the spaces as you said.

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