I was working on this site this morning and I ran into a bit of an issue with my static page.

I have a "featured" post section and I use:

<div id="featured">
    <img src="<?php echo get_bloginfo('template_directory'); ?>/images/house.jpg" alt"Buy Me" />

    <div class="info">
     <?php query_posts(array ('tag'=> 'featured' )); ?>
    <?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>

    <h1><a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"> <?php the_title(); ?></a></h1>
    <p><?php the_time('F jS, Y') ?> by <?php the_author() ?></p>
    <?php endwhile; ?> 



The above works great, however, the page content is where I am running into an issue. I have a content section that is pulling in the "pages" actual content, and I use:

<div id="about">
<?php if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>

        <div <?php post_class() ?> id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>">

            <h2><?php the_title(); ?></h2>

            <div class="entry">
                <?php the_content(); ?>


    <?php endwhile; ?>

    <?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . '/inc/nav.php' ); ?>

    <?php else : ?>

        <h2>Not Found</h2>

    <?php endif; ?>


When I refresh the page, both of the sections are now displaying the featured post, and not the the page content. Does anyone have a clue to why this is happening?

2 Answers 2


You're using query_posts() for your featured-post custom loop. As the Codex says: don't do that.

The query_posts() function is intended to modify the Primary Loop. If you need a custom loop, use e.g. $my_custom_query = new WP_Query( $args ).

See here for a good break-down of custom-loop options.


Thanks Chip. I rewrote it after reading your reply as:

<?php $featured_query = new WP_Query( array ('tag'=> 'featured' ) ); ?>

<?php while ( $featured_query->have_posts() ) : $featured_query->the_post();?>

    <h2><a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"> <?php the_title(); ?></a></h1>

<?php endwhile;?>

<?php wp_reset_postdata(); ?>

Everything seems to be working just fine now. I appreciate the help.

  • 1
    You should edit/update your original answer with this. Sep 16, 2011 at 14:55
  • Glad to help! Just for future reference: given the way WPSE is intended to work, this would be better posted as an update to your answer, since it's not really a separate answer. Sep 16, 2011 at 14:56
  • The ongoing updates should be added to a question, but a final working solution should be an answer and should be posted as such separately (obviously if it differs from other answers provided).
    – Rarst
    Sep 16, 2011 at 15:17

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