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Jan 6, 2009 - PHP, Wordpress    12 Comments

WordPress: display posts by category ID. Solution with code & example.

Hello Guy!

Often in many blogging sites, you will see two or three columns of the most important categories. Recently I had to do this for a blog. It was a little bit cumbersome and time consuming. So, I would like to share the solution so that you can kill the time waste trying yourself in case you do not know how to do it. In this solution, I show 5 posts at maximum from my chosen three categories.

Let us start and let me show how to do it.

Step One: See the sample what would be the output

In the above image, you will notice that the first category has enough posts, so it can fetch 5 (five) posts for us. But in second column and third column, there are only three posts because those categories do not have more than three posts. And what I want to say at this point is – although we will try to get 5 posts from each category, we will not get enough in case that category has less than 5 (five) posts and this is done automatically.

Step Two: Adding custom function

Now open the functions.php file inside your theme directory and insert these two functions. If there is none, create a functions.php file. And at this point, please remember that all the functions and coding in this file are automatically added during the code execution.

Note that the function names are self descriptive.

Step Three: Embed code in your file(s)

Now open your footer.php file or any other file and add this code. In 99% cases, you may need to customize this small piece of code. The first three lines are category IDs.

Step Four: Link your CSS code

I have put the above CSS code in my style.css file. In 99% cases, you may need to customize according to your requirements.

Step Five: Test everything by opening the link

Now test you code and we are done!

Thank you for reading.

Dec 19, 2008 - PHP, Wordpress    45 Comments

WordPress: get page id and content with example & code

Hey Guys!

Often I see people coming to my site searching with the terms wordpress get page id, wordpress get page content or something similar. I think wordpress developers face situations when they need to get page or post information in customized way. It happened to me too and I would like to share it with others since often people are coming to search this information.

Well. It is very easy and we can solve it quickly.
OK. Now let me show you how to get these information.

Remember one thing that is important for wordpress data fetching of this kind. Your posts and pages information is saved in a single database table and that is wp_posts. The wp_ is the prefix of you database and may differ. But most of the times the database table name is wp_posts and other times it is YourCustomPrefix_posts. We are going to fetch data from this table.

WordPress – print page id:

There is a built-in wordpress function using which you can print the post or page id. When you call this, this directly prints this inforation in your page without the need to use the built-in PHP echo or print function. Remember to keep it in the while loop.

WordPress – get page id:

There is a global variable post which contains the related information of the currest post or page. The name of the variable is: $post and it is actually an object. You can access information just as you access variables from an object. Remember to keep it in the while loop.

You can print all the information in the $post object to see all the variables and their values that is contains.

WordPress – get page content:

Now you know you can get the page or post content from $post->post_content variable. But if you echo or print them, they may look somewhat without formatting. So, you need to use PHP built-in nl2br() function to look the content as it is.

WordPress – get any information of your page or post:

You know you can print all information to check all the available variables and their values through using PHP’s built-in var_dump() function. Suppose you need to get the post title, post type and posting time. We can get them easily in this way.

Please notice that post_title, post_type and post_date are all several database fields from wp_posts table of our wordpress database.

Very easy. Right? And that is all for getting the page or post information.

Thank you for reading.

Nov 9, 2008 - PHP    4 Comments

PHP: pass all POST and GET variables in array in function parameter


My subject of this post is about the total number of parameters we send as input from a form or any other way and optimizing the parameter passing. If we have many forms and many input fields in each form, it is often painful to set or order value of GET, POST or other variables one by one.

Passing all POST variables as function parameter in one array

Let us see the following HTML form that has ten fields.

Now if we want to call a function passing all the input fields, it will look like this:

But does it look good or anything comfortable? I know most coder will be bored doing this. When I was a newcomer to PHP programming, I used to do this kind of programming. But there is no reason to do coding like this as we have extremely simple solution.

Fortunately we can pass a whole array as function parameter value. This is how:

Function calling:

Or the Object Oriented Programming style:

Easy and comfortable. Huh?

Getting the values inside the function definition:

Simple. Right?

You can also print all the input values inside your function you want for debugging or any other purpose as like this:

Passing all GET variables as function parameter in one array

Suppose that here is your link:

You can pass all the GET variables to a function such as ‘filterKeys’ in this case simply this way:

Or the Object Oriented Programming style:

And here is how you get them:

This is just like the way used for the POST method.

You can print the input values inside your function anytime you want for debugging or any other purpose like this:

Although REQUEST method will work similarly, I suggest you not using this for avoiding any future confusion and also for the sake of keeping your coding more readable for other developers.

Special Case: File

Actually when you send a file, it contains several data and $_FILES is an array itself. So, the following values come directly to your script without any extra attention:

So, you can use them directly in your script.

Taking another Special Case in Consideration: Setting default input values

Sometimes you may need to set a default value to one or more parameters. For example:

You can define array and scalar inputs altogether as like this:

Next you can pass array and scalar inputs altogether as like this:

So, why should you code like this? Because this will increase efficiency, save some time and make your code clean looking.

Thanks for reading.

Nov 1, 2008 - PHP, Wordpress    48 Comments

WordPress: get page content by page id. Static pages to Dynamic


Recently I am working in a wordpress project where I am converting a total static site to wordpress site. What I do is: (1) from the static pages, I am taking the static text and creating a new wordpress page for each static page. (2) fetching the page content/text by page id and (3) showing them wherever I want.

I have written a function and now I can fetch the content of any page or one more pages just by the page id.

I am using this function to fetch several page data and show them in one page. In the static site, there are several section with different designs. The client want edit each section using wordpress. So, if there are three different sections, I am creating three individual pages for this single page. Next, I am just fetching the content of the three pages by calling my method three times with different parameters and showing the output in one page.

For exampe,

Thus, I am just shifting all text and/or content of the static site to wordpress so that the client can edit the site himself. I think this is a simple way or technique if you want to convert your static page to dynamic wordpress site.

You can also customize this one as per your need. For example, you may only need to fetch the page title.

You can not only get the page content, but also the post content if you set the value of the “$pageId” equals any post id. You know you can see the page or post id from the admin panel.

By the way,
I have put my functions in the functions.php file so that I can access it from anywhere. I suggest you following the same way i.e. writing all your custom functions in the functions.php file.

Thank you for reading.

Mar 29, 2008 - PHP    13 Comments

PHP script to print all the GET & POST variables

Variables are one of the core powers of programming. As PHP programmers, we oftern may find that a $_GET or $_POST variable is not performing properly or the way we expected. This may occur for several reasons such as we made a mistake in the variable name. Sometimes this kind of problem take so much time that lots of time is wasted to correct a single variable!

So, you can use the scripts I have written below and use in your code whenever you suspect that there may be a problem with the variables. These scripts helps you by showing the details of each and every $_GET and $_POST variables in the script.

This is very easy and actually 3 (three) lines of code required.

Below is the code to print all $_GET variables:

Click here to see the demo here.

To print all the $_POST variables, we need to change only one line:

You can do it in another way too. It is simple also.


So, print your $_GET and $_POST variables whenever you think required.