I would like to list the specified pages with my shortcode, but the problems are with the '$' charachters.

function get_page_func( $atts )
        extract(shortcode_atts( array(
                'title' => ''
        ), $atts ) );
        $page = get_page_by_title($title);

        $the_query = new WP_Query( 'page_id='.$page->ID );

        if ( $the_query->have_posts() ) {
            while ( $the_query->have_posts() ) {
                $html = '<div class="row page-waypoint" id="'.$page->post_name.'"><div class="col-md-12"><h2>'.get_the_title().'</h2></div>'.get_the_content().'</div>';


        return do_shortcode($html);


    add_shortcode( 'get_page', 'get_page_func' );

If I use [get_page title="Questions&Answers"], the shortcode doesn't list the content of the Questions&Answers page, but lists every blog posts. Do I use the wp_reset_postdata(); function properly?

Where is the problem?

  • can you check if you get the page from title or not, try printing the $page variable before, $the_query = new WP_Query( 'page_id='.$page->ID );. because if there is no value for page_id, you'll get all the posts.
    – Kumar
    Mar 28, 2014 at 16:40
  • it's NULL, that's the problem :/ ..but why does it list the posts? Mar 28, 2014 at 16:45
  • 1
    It lists the post because you get page_id = '', as argument in WP_Query, which is simply ignored and you get all the posts because of default args.
    – Kumar
    Mar 28, 2014 at 16:46
  • I understand. Thank you. What do you think how can I use this shortcode with page title or better to use page id as argument? Mar 28, 2014 at 16:53
  • you can try using page slug or page id, get_page_by(); function would be of help to you.
    – Kumar
    Mar 28, 2014 at 16:59

2 Answers 2


Your ampersand is getting encoded, try:

get_page_by_title( html_entity_decode( $title ) );

I had to use get_page_by_title( htmlspecialchars( $title ) ); to convert & to &amp;.

get_page_by_title( html_entity_decode( $title ) ); did not work for me

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