I have been successfully using a static front page on a theme I am building (locally so can't share URL) without any issues. Suddenly it has stopped working and I can't work out why. I now see a blank page instead of my blog category posts.

The last change I made between it working and breaking was to add a <?php else: ?> statement into my index.php along with &! is_front_page() into the if statement so that I can show different content on my static home page.


<?php get_header(); ?>
<div id="content">
        <?php if ( have_posts() &! is_front_page() ) : ?>
            <?php /* Start the Loop */ ?>
            <?php while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>
                <?php get_template_part( 'posts', get_post_format() ); ?>
            <?php endwhile; ?>
        <?php else: ?>
            This is the front page!
        <?php endif; // end have_posts() check ?>
<?php get_sidebar(); ?>
<?php get_footer(); ?>

I have tried reloading the permalinks page, and re-creating the Home static page and setting it up in the Reading settings page, but nothing seems to resolve the issue.

I have obviously removed the lines I added too, but that didn't resolve the issue either!

My permalink settings are set to postname and category base as . to remove the category part from the URL (again this was working previously). If I remove the category base, then the category works, but the URL is wrong then.

Going to the blog static page I am getting:

is_front_page() = false
have_posts() = false

Hope that all makes sense! Using Wordpress 3.9.1 -- I am relatively new to Wordpress and learning themes which is why its not live. Let me know if there is any other code/settings that you would need to know! I am also using custom post types with custom taxonomies using hierarchical taxonomies.


I found this page that guides to do what I wanted to do, and I had to put the permalink to /%category%/%postname%/ instead of just /%postname%/ and that has got it working again.

However, I set up a new wordpress site on the same computer with a different URL and copied my theme to it, along with creating the relevant files and the existing method I was using worked there. I'm very puzzled now :/


So when I refreshed the permalinks on the 2nd site, it broke the blog url... so I guess this is the solution!


It's more like:

<?php if ( have_posts() &! is_front_page() ) : ?>

this line should be:

<?php if ( have_posts() && !is_front_page() ) : ?>
  • Thanks for the reply, although my if statement works, so I don't need to change it. Having said that, this question is about why the \blog\ static page of my wordpress theme stopped working not about the if statement. – neildeadman Jun 7 '14 at 14:43
  • Could you provide more information about "static page stopped working"? What exact error are you facing? – тнє Sufi Jun 7 '14 at 14:51
  • It loads index.php but because have_posts is false, it doesn't show the blog posts. It was working before and if I remove the category base (i.e. '.') then it works with a url like www.example.com/category/blog/ -- so it doesn't work like www.example.com/blog/ and it did until the change above. – neildeadman Jun 7 '14 at 14:58

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