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  • Resolved Timothy Jacobs


    Hi All,

    First time coding site from “scratch” in wp, and I think I screwed up the index.php page. The title that is shown is always the titile of the latest post, not the title set on the page. Code below:

    <?php get_header(); ?>
    <h1><?php the_title(); ?></h1>
        <div class="content">
        <?php if (have_posts()) : while(have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
            <div <?php post_class('row'); ?> id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>">
                <aside class="span3 blog-meta">
                    <?php if (has_post_thumbnail()) : ?>
                        <div class="blog-featured"><?php the_post_thumbnail(); ?></div>
                    <?php endif; ?>
                    <div class="meta hidden-phone">
                        <div class="time">Published <span class="no-wrap"><?php the_time(get_option('date_format')); ?></span></div>
                        <div class="author">By <?php the_author_posts_link(); ?></div>
                        <div class="category">Filed under <?php the_category('&nbsp;/&nbsp;'); ?></div>
                        <?php if (has_tag()) : ?><div class="tags">Tags: <?php the_tags('&nbsp;'); ?></div><?php endif; ?>
                <article class="span9 blog-content">
                    <h3 class="blog-title"><a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></h3>
                    <div class="meta-mobile visible-phone">
                        <div class="time">Published <span class="no-wrap"><?php the_time(get_option('date_format')); ?></span></div>
                        <div class="author">By <a class="light-links" href="<?php echo get_the_author_link(); ?>"><?php the_author(); ?></a></div>
                    <?php the_content('Read More...'); ?>
            <hr class="featurette-divider">
        <?php endwhile; ?>
            <div class="bottom-navigation">
                <span class="left-arrow"><?php next_posts_link('&larr; Older Posts'); ?></span>
                <span class="right-arrow"><?php previous_posts_link('Newer Posts &rarr;'); ?></span>
            <?php else : ?>
            <h1>No Posts</h1>
        <?php endif; ?>
    <?php get_footer(); ?>

    Thanks so much,


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  • Michael


    Forum Moderator

    the_title() should not be used outside of the loop; the result can be random.
    it usually seems to be ok if the template is only for one static page or post; however in multipost templates, it will show one of the ost titles from the loop (possibly either the last or first – haven’t checked that).

    the ‘posts page’ actually uses index.php or home.php as the template to display the page, so the page title is not easily available for display.

    to get a reliable output of the page title of a page which is set as ‘posts page’ under dashboard – settings – reading, you will need to use this kind of code instead of

    <h1><?php the_title(); ?></h1>


    <?php if( is_home() && get_option('page_for_posts') ) { ?>
    <h1><?php echo apply_filters('the_title',get_page( get_option('page_for_posts') )->post_title); ?></h1>
    <?php } elseif( is_singular() ) { ?>
    <h1><?php the_title(); ?></h1>
    <?php } ?>

    depending on your design ideas and what templates are in your theme, you might need to expand this to show various titles for archives and search pages….

    Timothy Jacobs


    Ahh, I see. Thanks alchymyth, that worked great!

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