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I'm using the following code to insert the content from another wp page into my main home page.

Is it possible to make it work with a page title instead of an id number?

Eg. Not $page_id = 518 but $page_id = 'about' instead????

$page_id = 518; //Your Page ID
$page_data = get_page( $page_id );
// Displays the title
echo '<h1>'. $page_data->post_title .'</h1>';
// Displays the content
echo apply_filters('the_content', $page_data->post_content);
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Fantastic help - thanks toscho :-) – speedypancake May 25 '13 at 8:40
up vote 4 down vote accepted

There is a function exactly for that:

get_page_by_title( $page_title, $output = OBJECT, $post_type = 'page' );

You can use it like this:

$page = get_page_by_title( 'Start' );

To get the page from a specific post type:

$custom = get_page_by_title( 'Start', OBJECT, 'your_custom_post_type' );
$post   = get_page_by_title( 'Start', OBJECT, 'post' );

Be aware, this function will search in all post statuses. So you might get a draft, a trashed or private post. You should check the result with:

$status = get_post_status( $page );

if ( 'publish' !== $status )
    return; // do not show unpublished posts

A related function is get_page_by_path():

$page = get_page_by_path( 'about/contact' );
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