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I need to determine whether the reading settings are set to use a static page or the latest post for the front page.

Is there a conditional that will return true if the front page is set to show a static page? I don't need to check what page the static page might be, just if its a static page at all.

For this scenario would it be correct to use:

if( is_front_page() && !is_home() ){
   // seems we're on the front but not on the blog home,
   // so it must be a static page..
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up vote 4 down vote accepted

Your conditional logic makes sense as well but you're probably looking for this:

if ( 'page' == get_option('show_on_front') ) {
   // do something

Hint: You can append options.php to the WordpPress admin url like this:
http://www.example.com/wp-admin/options.php to see all options.
( that's where I found the answer for you .)

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OK, thanks for the hint. – mikkelbreum Aug 29 '11 at 9:55
Nailed it! Just a suggestion: the WordPress coding standards recommend using "Yoda" casing, e.g. if ( 'page' == get_option( 'show_on_front' ) ). I recommend getting into this habit, as it helps isolate the effect of a syntax error in which the == operator is replaced by the = operator. – Chip Bennett Aug 29 '11 at 12:32
Thanks for reminding me @Chip. I've updated my answer. – Michal Mau Aug 29 '11 at 14:10

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