On the Reading Settings page you can set a "Front Page" and a "Posts Page". You can check whether the current page is_front_page();

Is there a similar function for the "Posts Page". I have noticed that is_page(); does not work for this special page.



is_home() checks for the "Posts Page", despite the somewhat confusing function name.

  • thanks, i thought i checked them all, but i guess not... – mike Apr 14 '11 at 18:02
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    What about $wp_query->is_posts_page? – Weston Ruter May 15 '13 at 8:03
  • @WestonRuter has the correct answer to the question. – The J Jan 19 '17 at 13:49

Wordpress comes with 7 primary template page types, which can be determined on this way

if ( is_main_query() ) {
    // Error
    if ( is_404() ) {
    // Front page
    if ( is_front_page() ) {
    // Archive
    if ( is_archive() ) {
    // Comments popup
    if ( is_comments_popup() ) {
    // Search
    if ( is_search() ) {
    // Singular
    if ( is_singular() ) {
    // Home - the blog page
    if ( is_home() ) {

is_home tells to you, that you have the blog page.


"Posts page" is usually an archive of:

  • posts of a category
  • posts of a tag
  • posts of a date ( year, month...)
  • posts of main archive

Each one of these can be checked by a one of the many conditional tags like is_category() is_tag() is_date() is_archive() And so many more. To get a better understanding head over to the codex http://codex.wordpress.org/Conditional_Tags


First check the blogs related things like author, tag, post type

function is_blog () {
        global  $post;
        $posttype = get_post_type($post );
        return ( ((is_archive()) || (is_author()) || (is_category()) || (is_home()) || (is_single()) || (is_tag())) && ( $posttype == 'post')  ) ? true : false ;

Now check and return something which you want to have

function check_post_type(){
    if (is_blog())
         $postType = 'I am post';
      } else
          $postType = 'I am page';
    return $postType;

Use it like Boss <?php echo check_post_type();?>

Thanks to Wes Bos



Case A. There is no need to determine it inside the main template file (index.php) because it is the default template for it[1].

Case B. To determine it inside a page template (ex: page.php), simply check it like so:

get_option( 'page_for_posts' ) == get_the_ID()


I literally went digging the source-code[2] of it just to be able to know how wordpress does the checking of the value. It turns out, it is using the statement get_option( 'page_for_posts' ) to know the post ID of the selected value of the Posts page.

So yeah, for this purpose, there is no such official checker function that is similar to is_front_page().

As long as you know the ID of the page that you've selected then you can use it for the checking process.


  1. WordPress Codex, Theme Development, codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Development

  2. Source-code of SettingsReading Settings, github.com/WordPress/.../wp-admin/options-reading.php

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