WordPress is a fantastic platform to develop in, especially when you start coding your own themes from scratch. No poorly coded templates, and no bloated plugins that are constantly behind the curve.
The WordPress Loop is something that we all use when qeurying post data:
<?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); the_title(); // the title of the post the_content(); // the content within the editor for the post endwhile; ?>
That looks familiar, doesn’t it? While this is a perfectly acceptable way to utilize the WordPress Loop, I’d like to direct you to a statement made within the WordPress codex:
the_post()are convenience wrappers around the
global $wp_queryobject, which is where all of the action is.
Many new WordPress theme developers get stuck using the convenience methods like
the_permalink(). Again, while this is perfectly acceptable, I find that using the
global $post variable, and accessing the attributes of the post directly is far more flexible, and far more efficient when rendering your post data:
<?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); echo $post->post_title; // the title of the post echo $post->post_content; // the content within the editor for the post endwhile; ?>
That last snippet of code produces the exact same result as the first block, but instead of relying on the convenience methods, you can actually
echo the raw data from the
$post object directly.
Want to know what else you can utilize within the
$post object? Give this bit of code a whirl:
<?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); echo "<pre>"; var_dump($post); endwhile; ?>
Now isn’t that special? 🙂 Have fun!