How to make a PHP “IF OR” or “IF AND” statement

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Both WordPress and Statamic content management systems are built on PHP. Just like many other programming languages, PHP’s syntax for OR is two vertical lines, || ; PHP’s syntax for AND is two ampersands &&. Alternatively, the words “and” and “or” may be used, too.

IF OR in PHP

The following PHP code used in a WordPress template reads as: “If the phone field is empty OR the claims field is empty, then output the <p> tag reading “Contact us directly.”

<?php if( empty( $phone)  ||  empty( $claims ) ) {
echo '<p>Contact us directly.</p>' ;} ?>

#alternative syntax for OR
<?php if( empty( $phone)  or empty( $claims ) ) {
echo '<p>Contact us directly.</p>' ;} ?>

IF AND in PHP

The following PHP code used in a WordPress template reads as: “If the phone field AND claims field are empty then output the <p> tag ready “Contact us directly.”

<?php if( empty( $phone)  &&  empty( $claims ) ) {
echo '<p>Contact us directly.</p>' ;} ?>

#alternative syntax for AND
<?php if( empty( $phone) and empty( $claims ) ) {
echo '<p>Contact us directly.</p>' ;} ?>

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