I have a custom template for homepage and in it, i want to display excerpt from some category. but not even the simple the_excerpt() isn't working. i tried the_title and the_content, but only title display not content. The following is my code,am i missing something?

 <?php if ( have_posts() ) : while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>
       <?php the_excerpt();?>
     <?php endwhile;?>
       <?php endif; ?> 
  • what is the parent theme? – iEmanuele Aug 23 '13 at 10:45
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    @iEmanuele TwentyTwelve – Nofel Aug 23 '13 at 10:53
  • this problem is unbelievable! I tried it with a child theme of TwentyTwelve and I could not replicate the fault. It's working fine. Last question: have you tried to use a your own query to get those posts? – iEmanuele Aug 23 '13 at 11:42
  • @iEmanuele my query, what you mean? – Nofel Aug 23 '13 at 11:51
  • are you sure you dont have content and or excerpt area not blank at the back end ? – codepixlabs Aug 23 '13 at 11:53

Inside a template file, the standard loop syntax will display only the information about that page( In fact, a template file is no more than a page ). If you want to display some posts you need to run a custom query or to include ( get_template_part() ) another template file which normally runs a query for some specific post types or categories.

Page template example

/*Template name: Example page */
    /* The following loop refers to the page object */
    if( have_posts() ) : while( have_posts() ) : the_post();
    endwhile; endif;

    /* Now you can query for your post using WP_Query Class */
    /* Defining $args array of arguments */
    $args = array(
        'post_type'         => 'post', // maybe page | custom post type | an array of these
        'posts_per_page'    => 6,      // number of items you want to display

    /* Define new $query object to loop through */
    $query = new WP_Query( $args );

    //Start your custom loop
    if( $query->have_posts() ) : while( $query->have_posts() ) : $query->the_post();
    endwhile; else: 
        echo 'No posts found';

Let me know if you get stuck : )

Please, look these from WordPress Codex:

  1. Templates
  2. Stepping into templates
  3. Template Hierarchy
  4. The Loop
  5. WP_Query


If you look at my example code you will see an $args array. You can define several options within it please refer to WP_Query docs. Note: have_posts(); and the_post(); functions don't accept any arguments. If you want to use the in_category(); you have to do it in the loop.

Custom loop

if( $query->have_posts() ) : while( $query->have_posts() ) : $query->the_post();

  if( in_category( 6 ) ){
    //do something
    //do something else

endwhile; endif;
  • it worked! i was only applying the simple page loop, this is the first time i came across wp_query_class and $args,never came across that. is that something i can read in codex/wp_query ?, i see its based on oop as it point out to the object -> in array, now what if i want to get posts from a specific category and loop over it as i want to display it in div's and i am unknown by OOP as used. – Nofel Aug 23 '13 at 12:38
  • yeah! yes sure, i've updated the answer look at the end – iEmanuele Aug 23 '13 at 12:39
  • You can tune the $args array to run a query that fits your needs – iEmanuele Aug 23 '13 at 12:53
  • It was the same also for me : ) – iEmanuele Aug 23 '13 at 13:07
  • for some reason my code isn't getting posts from a specific category, this is my code if( $query->have_posts(in_category('6')) ) : while( $query->have_posts() ) : $query->the_post(); i tried to test it with a category that doesn't exist and it still shows all post. am i missing something? – Nofel Aug 23 '13 at 16:50

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