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I have a strange request. Is it possible to load the content of a Wordpress page in a normal PHP page? For example I want to display the content of the wordpress page 4 in a PHP page that is on the same domain but is not a part of the wordpress installation?


Thank you in advance

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The alternative way. Problem with @david.binda solution is that:

  1. you have to hardcoding a lot of things, (manually write db credientials, table prefix..)
  2. You cannot use content filter (so if you have shortcode in your page, you will see some [something] instead of desired content..)

sure you can load wordpress environment, but...

Just yesterday I wrote an answer to output content in a file and then use it in external app.

So, in the WordPress root folder, create a subfolder named, e.g. 'tmp'.

This folder is a sort of exchange folder from WP to your app. Be sure WordPress can write files in this folder.

In your case you can hook the save_post filter and create the file:

add_action('save_post', 'cache_page');

function cache_page( $postid ) {
    if ( defined('DOING_AUTOSAVE') && DOING_AUTOSAVE ) return;
    $filename = trailingslashit(ABSPATH) . '/tmp/page-4.inc';
    $content = apply_filters('the_content', get_post_field('post_content', 4 ) );
    file_put_contents ( $filename , $content );

After that in your app:

$path = 'wordpress/path/here/tmp/page-4.inc';
$page_content = @file_get_contents($path) ? : '';
echo $page_content;

Of course, you have to save again the page after adding the code to generate the file.

If you want with same method you can cache all the pages with a simple edit:

 function cache_page( $postid ) {
    if ( defined('DOING_AUTOSAVE') && DOING_AUTOSAVE ) return;
    $post = get_post($postid);
    if ( $post->post_type != 'page' ) return;
    $filename = trailingslashit(ABSPATH) . '/tmp/page-' . $post->ID . '.inc';
    $content = apply_filters('the_content', $post->post_content );
    file_put_contents ( $filename , $content );

Then in your app write a function like this

function wp_page( $id ) {
  $path = 'wordpress/path/here/tmp/page-' . $id . '.inc';
  $page_content = file_exists($path) ? file_get_contents($path) ? : ''; 
  echo $page_content;
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I give it a try...thank you! – Mark Sep 23 '13 at 13:10
I tried your method, the only problem is that wordpress creates a zero bytes page (page-4.inc)! – Mark Sep 23 '13 at 13:13
Found the typo: get_post_field('post_conteNt', 4 ) ); – Mark Sep 23 '13 at 13:16
@Mark so it worked, now? – gmazzap Sep 23 '13 at 13:24
Like a charm. Thank you! – Mark Sep 23 '13 at 13:29

I'd opt for a custom SQL query (if that really contains only post_content).

mysql_connect("hostname", "user", "password"); //use your creditials
mysql_select_db("mydb"); //use your WordPress DB name
$result = mysql_query("SELECT * FROM wp_posts"); //replace wp_ with your table prefix
while ($post = mysql_fetch_object($result)) {
    echo $post->post_title; //to get title
    echo $row->post_content; //to get content

Another option would be to load full WordPress core from your .php file, but it might be an overwhelm for getting just a post. On the other hand, this way you won't get a posibility to apply all filters which does apply in WP display.

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Ye I thought so.....but on the wordpress page I use a shortcode for a plugin. So I thought (now....tired) to add the shortcode directly in my PHP page, and it works. But when I click on a link in that page it brings me to the wordpress page. Is there a way to open the link directly in my normal PHP page or the easy way is to use in wordpress the template of my PHP page? – Mark Sep 23 '13 at 12:44
Shortcodes are parsed in the_content filter. Use the link I've provided above to load WP from your external PHP file than: davidwalsh.name/wordpress-recent-posts – david.binda Sep 23 '13 at 12:45

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