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  • Hello,

    Please forgive my basic PHP skills. I am writing a basic function, but for some reason I can’t get the links to come out right. Here is my code:

    function featuredStory() {
    $featuredPosts = new WP_Query();
    while ($featuredPosts->have_posts()) : $featuredPosts->the_post();
    echo '<a href="' .the_permalink(). '" rel="bookmark">' .the_title(). '</a>';

    The resulting link doesn’t work. It shows up like this:

    http://siteurl/?p=9This is the first featured
    <a rel="bookmark" href=""/>

    Why is the anchor text showing up after, and with no closing a? I have tried reworking it, over and over. Arrg!

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