I am trying to create a custom loop to display my posts in different styling.

In my posts, I have mostly Youtube videos and some text around. In my posts loop I need to display only thumbnail of the featured image of the posts and the text, but I don't want to display any iframes with my Youtube videos.

I was searching for solutions nad I found this - Display only text to WordPress loop without loosing the text formatting - it should remove iframes and images, which would be great for me, but I have multiple posts loop so I don't really want to affect the_content() function because it is used in many more different loops in my theme, if you understand my problem. I am not really a programmer so this is tough for me.

edit 1 I have added your code into functions.php but nothing happens. here's my code in template:

    global $post; 
    $args = array('orderby' => 'rand', 'posts_per_page' => 1,); 

    $custom_posts = get_posts($args); foreach($custom_posts as $post) : setup_postdata($post); ?>

    <div class="hpvybirame">
    <div <?php post_class(); ?> id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>">
    <h1><a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></h1>

    <?php show_only_thumbnails($content); ?>
    <?php echo get_the_post_thumbnail($thumbnail->ID, 'vlog-lay-c'); ?>
    <? endforeach; ?>
  • How are you embedding the youtube videos? Are you using the embed shortcode or putting the iframes in your content?
    – Tunji
    Jan 22, 2017 at 13:02
  • I just add the "link" into wordpress post editor and in a second wordpress loads video by itself. You can see it live here: veckotest.8u.cz - under the main big video there's random displayed video and two text blocks on the right side ... If I click with right button on the mouse on the displayed video and open the firebug, I can see in the code "iframe" ... but when I display the code of the page, then I don't see this block with video and text content at all ... now I am confused Jan 22, 2017 at 14:24

2 Answers 2


the best solution is to add filter in your functions.php :


function show_only_thumbnails($content){
    if(is_home() && is_front_page()){
     //quote from :
     $content = preg_replace('/<iframe.*?>/', "", $content); // removes iframes
      return $content;
   return $content;
  • Thanks for your reply. I can understand what this code does, it looks good, but I didn't mention that this my loop is displayed on page, where are more post loops, if you understand what I mean, so I guess that even other loops which also use "the_content" will be affected by this filther? right? If that's true then this is not the best solution for my situation ... sorry for mentioning this in second comment, I should have mention this information above... Jan 22, 2017 at 10:08
  • I guess I need some code (function?) to do exactly the same thing as the_content() but with this preg_replace special line of code from this question: wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/218305/… - but I don't really want to affect the_content() function because it is used on the same page in other loops too Jan 22, 2017 at 10:12
  • you can try using add_post_meta to the post to reference the tags or iframes or thumbnails and in functions.php you can decide whether to show or hide or replace , if this is not helping try posting a full snippet of the code
    – sdx11
    Jan 22, 2017 at 10:43
  • I am trying to display "random post" on homepage with it's own loop. All my posts contain one paragraph of text and one youtube video. In my loop on homepage I want to display the paragraph of text - so I am using the_content() to do that but it also displays the youtube video. I want to hide the youtube video so I need to "filter out" the iframe code. I have also other loops on my homepage that use "the_content()" and showing the youtube video and I want to keep it that way, so I think that I need to create maybe the_content2() function that filters out iframe - It would work perfectly for me Jan 22, 2017 at 11:11
  • But I am not a programmer and I don't reall know how to write this in code :-/ Jan 22, 2017 at 11:13

I believe you should be able to achieve this using the is_main_query function and the_content filter.

The is_main_query checks if the current query is the main or secondary query in the loop.

function wpse253491_strip( $content ) {
    if ( is_home() || is_front_page() && !is_main_query() ) {
        $content = preg_replace('#<\s*iframe[^>]*>.*?<\s*/\s*iframe>#msi', '', $content);
    return $content;

add_filter( 'the_content', 'wpdocs_remove_shortcode_from_index' );

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