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  • Hi Steve!

    If I understand correctly, you’re trying to access content of a post outside of the loop, in order to retrieve the blocks out of the content string.

    I haven’t try this myself, but I suggest you use this code:

    global $post;
    $post_id = $post->ID;
    $post_content = get_the_content( $post_id );
    $blocks = parse_blocks( $post_content );

    Try with the code above and let us know how it went.

    Here are some documentation references about retrieving post content that might be helpful to you:

    Best regards,


    Thread Starter Steve


    Hello Farid,

    Thank you so much for your reply and suggestion.

    What I’m trying to do is to access the attributes for my dynamic block which contains child blocks.

    I can access the top level attributes from my block from the $attributes variable as follows:

    I don’t know how to directly access the attributes for the child blocks.

    The above code retrieves the content for the page/post, so I can iterate through the structure and identify my block, then extract it’s attributes including the nested attributes.

    Though it’s not a very efficient way to obtain the attributes as my block can exist inside a row/column block and so each instance of my block needs to read the content for the whole page/post each time and then navigate through the structure recursively to find possible instances of my block and identify the correct one before extracting it’s attributes. However, at least it works when the block is on a page or post.

    I also want to be able to place my block on a widget but now it won’t work as the parse_blocks() retrieves the values for the page/post not a widget.

    So I suppose there are really two questions:
    1) How can I access the attributes for child blocks directly?
    2) If 1) is not possible, how can I read the content of a widget if the block actually on a widget.

    I’m not sure if my block might need to exist in other places but so far I need it for pages, posts and widgets. Could there be other places where it might exist I wonder?

    Hope that’s clear, it’s tricky to explain.


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