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I have a Wordpress blog site that I am building. My problem is that when the homepage loads it shows my earliest post from three years ago. What I would like it for my most recent post to show instead. Can anyone tell me how I could accomplish this. I have looked through several articles and none have a solution that work for me. Here is the code I am using to load the post:

<?php if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
<h4>Posted on <?php the_time('F jS, Y') ?></h4>
<p><?php the_content(__('(more...)')); ?></p>
<hr> <?php endwhile; else: ?>
<p><?php _e('Sorry, no posts matched your criteria.'); ?></p><?php
endif; ?>
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    You will most probably need to look for a pre_get_posts action which is altering the main query on your homepage, either in your theme or in a plugin you are using. – Pieter Goosen Jun 8 '16 at 12:31
  • Also, make sure that you do not have sticky posts set. Sticky posts will always appear as first posts on the homepage. – Pieter Goosen Jun 8 '16 at 12:38
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There must be something playing with your query (using pre_get_posts) as the default in WP is to load the last created post.

Use this WP_Query instead

$the_query = new WP_Query( 'posts_per_page=1&post_type=post' );
if ( $the_query->have_posts() ) {
 while ( $the_query->have_posts() ) {
    $the_query->the_post();
    ?>
    <h4>Posted on <?php the_time('F jS, Y') ?></h4>
    <p><?php the_content(__('(more...)')); ?></p>
    <?php
 } else {
  ?>
    <p><?php _e('Sorry, no posts matched your criteria.'); ?></p><?php
  <?php
}
wp_reset_postdata();
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    NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!, why do you want to do that. NEVER change the main query with custom one. This is a horrible solution which you should avoid. Sort the root of the issue, don't hide it with something which will later cause bigger issues – Pieter Goosen Jun 8 '16 at 12:35
  • depends on what the ultimate goal is surely Peter? this solution gives them more scope to customise to get the post from a certain category, or to change other aspects of the query ..... – Gareth Gillman Jun 8 '16 at 12:40
  • @GarethGillman Then WP should remove its default query and ask everyone to build their query :P – Sumit Jun 8 '16 at 12:41
  • This is bad solution why because some plugin/theme adding something and we are removing it. If we don't want it then why to add ? – Sumit Jun 8 '16 at 12:43
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    For every goal, there is pre_get_posts to alter the main query to suit your exact needs. There is even the posts_clauses filters which you can use to customize the main query. A custom query will never be solution as it runs extra unnecessary db queries, slows your page and ultimitely cause paging issues – Pieter Goosen Jun 8 '16 at 12:44

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