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There seems to be something wrong with the simple function below, but I can't figure out what it is. It is displaying as the following and I can't figure out why. I know it has something to do with the functions the_ID(), the_title(), and the_permalink(), but I don't know what it is. Sorry if this sounds like a silly question.

1http://www.example.com/?p=1Hello world!<h1 class="title" id="post-"><a rel="bookmark" href=""></a></h1>

function basetheme_nodetitle($before_title="",$after_title="",$link = true) {
     * basetheme_nodetitle() can only be called inside the Loop
     * $before_title is the initial tag in which to wrap your title, usually <h2> or similar.
     * $after_title is the tag after the title, usually </h2> or similar. Only works if $before_title is NOT empty
     * $link is whether or not the title should be linked. Default is true
    if(empty($before_title)){$before_title = '<h1 class="title" id="post-' . the_ID() . '">';$after_title = "</h1>";}
    if($link == false){$beforelink = '';$afterlink = '';}else{$beforelink = '<a rel="bookmark" href="' . the_permalink() . '">';$afterlink = '</a>';}
    echo $before_title . $beforelink . the_title() . $afterlink . $after_title;
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The insideds of a function is separated from the global things. Therefore the variables, set by other processes are not reachable/useable inside a function until you made them so, with, for example global keyword for a var.




after the function's {,

or add

global $post;

and use $post->ID instead of the_ID and so on. I also recommend you to read some books on programming PHP.

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Thank you! I am still quite the noob in php and didn't even know about the $post variable in WordPress. – Seth Jan 13 '12 at 9:40
In this case I seriously recommend to read through codex.wordpress.org/Developer_Documentation – petermolnar Jan 16 '12 at 8:38

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