I've written my first plugin. The intent is to show the image, title and excerpt of the first 6 posts. (It uses a function from Divi, here and there).

function jm_blog_layout($atts) {


    echo '<div class="featured-posts">';

    query_posts(array('category_name' => "", 'posts_per_page' => "6"));

    $post_index = 0;

    while (have_posts()) : the_post();

    $thumbnail_image = get_thumbnail($width = 333)["thumb"];
    $post_id = get_the_id();
    $post_class = 'featured-post';
    if ($post_index == 3) {
        $post_class = $post_class.' focus-post';

    echo '<a href="'.get_permalink().'">';
    echo '<div class="'.$post_class.'" id="post-'.$post_id.'"style="background-image: url('.$thumbnail_image.');">';
    echo '<div class="overlay">';
    echo '<div class="transformable">';
    echo '<h2 class="vertical-align">'.get_the_title().'</h2>';
    echo '<h3 class="thumb-excerpt">'.get_the_excerpt().'</h3>';
    echo '</div>';
    echo '</div>';
    echo '</div>';
    echo '</a>';

    $post_index += 1;

    echo '</div>';

    $output = ob_get_contents();
    return $output;


It outputs what I want, followed, strangely, by all of the content (i.e the body of text) of the 6 posts I queried - structured like so:

<article id="post-84" class="post-84 post type-post status-publish format-standard has-post-thumbnail hentry category-tips">
    <div class="entry-content">
    </div> <!-- .entry-content -->

It is not part of my page design, nor of my code. Where could it be coming from?

  • 3
    Never use query_posts(), use WP_Query() instead. Here is why. – Mayeenul Islam Dec 27 '15 at 7:51
  • Oh. It just wraps a big fat global instance? Ewww. Somebody, sometime thought this was a good idea... – Synesso Dec 27 '15 at 8:00

I found it is coming from wp-content/themes/Divi/page-template-blank.php, which is my parent template. I concluded the mutable handwaving of wp_query was confusing the template and, after a search, found this neat flowchart letting me know I should call wp_reset_query. That fixed it.

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