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  • Permalink displays incorrect URL when using switch_to_blog()

    I’m running WordPress MU 2.9.2 with multiple blogs setup as subdomains. I’m trying to display excerpts of posts from one blog (blog-A) onto another (blog-B). When I run through the loop, the links generated from functions like the_permalink(), the_category(), or comments_popup_link() display the URL path as though the post is generated from blog-B so when a user clicks on a link they are taken to a 404 page.

    Here is the code I’m using:

    <?php switch_to_blog($blog_id); ?>
    <?php query_posts("posts_per_page={$posts_per_page}&cat={$cat_id}"); ?>
    <?php if (have_posts()) : ?>
      <?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
      <div id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>" <?php post_class(); ?>>
        <h2><a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to <?php the_title_attribute(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></h2>
        <div class="date"><?php the_time('l, F jS, Y') ?></div>
        <?php the_post_thumbnail( 'blog-post' ); ?>
        <div class="entry">
        	<?php the_excerpt(); ?>
        <div class="info">
          <span class="category">Posted in <?php the_category(', ') ?></span> |
          <?php edit_post_link('Edit', '', ' | '); ?>
          <?php comments_popup_link('No Comments »', '1 Comment »', '% Comments »'); ?>
      <?php endwhile; ?>
    <?php endif; ?>
    <?php restore_current_blog(); ?>

    The output of URLs generated is when they should be

    Any idea what the problem might be?

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  • Andrea Rennick


    Customer Care at Copyblogger Media and Studiopress


    I think you actually have to put a number in there, the ID of the blog you’re switching to.

    Sometimes this is needed before switch_to_blog() :
    global $switched;

    If you use W3 Total Cache I have noticed a bug in Option Cache that makes switch_to_blog() behave strange.

    $blog_id is a variable that I’m setting elsewhere.

    It is an integer and ends up being something like


    Sorry, that would be Object Cache, not Option Cache.. 🙂

    I added global $switched; before switch_to_blog() but its still not working. W3 Total Cache isn’t activated for the one that is displaying the excerpts (blog-b) but it might be for the source blog (blog-a).

    Just so I’m clear, switch_to_blog() does work and switches to another blog and pulls in content from the other blog. The post content is correct except for the links. All of the links in the loop point back to the blog used to display the excerpts (blog-b) even though the content is coming from another blog (blog-a)

    Thanks @jonasbjork. That put my on the right track. W3 Total Cache was recently enabled so I started looking into the W3 Total Cache / switch_to_blog correlation.

    I found a function to clear the cache and a few posts of people saying this worked for them.

    What I was add this wp_cache_flush(); onto my page and then the page started displaying the correct URLs. However, as soon as I removed that function the incorrect URLs return.

    At least I’m on the right track now 🙂

    Found the bug with Object Caching here:

    I think I may have a W3 Total Cache specific solution to your problem: see this post.

    Awesome. I read your post and will give it a try. Thanks Simon!

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