The incomplete Codex about this, says very simply:

Rewind the loop posts.

As per this WPSE thread, with Eugene Manuilov's answer, I got:

// fetch first post from the loop

// get post type
$post_type = get_post_type(); 

// rewind the loop posts

With Ian Stewart's theme development tutorial, I found rewind_posts()'s use in archive.php, category.php, tag.php, author.php:

<?php the_post(); ?>
<!-- echo page title -->
<?php rewind_posts(); ?>
<?php while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>
   <!-- echo content -->
<?php endwhile; ?>

But in TwentyThirteen theme we can't see something like this, but a simple WordPress loop with conditional:

<?php if ( have_posts() ) : ?>
<!-- echo page title -->
<?php while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>
   <!-- echo content -->
<?php endwhile; ?>
<?php endif; ?>

So, I just want to know, while I have the WordPress loop to use, and that works with pagination also, then where do I need to REWIND THE LOOP, and why?


Ok, after the first answer, I got a very good article describing the 3 Query-reset functions in WordPress:

» 3 Ways to Reset the WordPress Loop by Jeff Starr - DigWP.com

I hope with this the answer can be a lot more educative than currently what we got.

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    Please summon the digwp article in your own answer. I really hoped for a much more interesting and educational answer than what we got so far.
    – kaiser
    Commented Oct 24, 2013 at 4:15

2 Answers 2


It generally the clears the current loop

// main loop
<?php if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
<?php the_content(); ?>
<?php endwhile; endif; ?>

// rewind
<?php rewind_posts(); ?>

// new loop
<?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
<?php the_content(); ?>
<?php endwhile; ?>

Here it clears the main loop and start with the new loop

Reference: http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/rewind_posts

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    Some notes: It's not necessary to open and close PHP tags on every line. You might also want to close the if/endif at the end. Else you'd trigger the second loop no matter if there're posts or not. Last: Please use the WYSIWYG editor to format your contents.
    – kaiser
    Commented Oct 23, 2013 at 17:43
  • Ok. Marked this one as accepted because I found this digwp post helpful with the help of this answer. Thanks. Commented Oct 23, 2013 at 18:24
  • Bold caption gave me an instant understanding. Good answer! Commented Oct 22, 2019 at 9:03

It is actually not necessary if you use have_posts() in the loop since it is called at the end of the loop in said function:

public function have_posts() {
    if ( $this->current_post + 1 < $this->post_count ) {
        return true;
    } elseif ( $this->current_post + 1 == $this->post_count && $this->post_count > 0 ) {
         * Fires once the loop has ended.
         * @since 2.0.0
         * @param WP_Query &$this The WP_Query instance (passed by reference).
        do_action_ref_array( 'loop_end', array( &$this ) );
        // Do some cleaning up after the loop

    $this->in_the_loop = false;
    return false;
  • I was looking at the same function and definitely does not seem necessary. I wonder if and old WordPress did not rewind? All of their documentation seems to always showing rewind... Commented Jun 26, 2018 at 0:17

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