How would I grab specific tags from the_content? For example, I'd like to pull a list of all h1 tags.

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Using preg_match_all() you can create a regex pattern to find and extract tags (and their content).

With Wordpress's post_content hook, you can find and list all the H1's within current posts content with something like:

add_action('the_content', function ($content){

    // look for <h1> tags and text therein, anticipate class/id name
    $findH1s = preg_match_all('/<h1 ?.*>(.*)<\/h1>/i', $content, $h1s);

    // if found, show above content
    if (is_array($h1s) && isset($h1s[0]))   
        return "<pre>H1's in this post: ".print_r( $h1s[0] ,true)."</pre>".$content;

    // if none found, just return content as-is
    return $content;
  • Worked like a charm. I need to spend more time figuring out how to write regex patterns, as it has always been a deficiency of mine. Thanks so much, David. Dec 21, 2017 at 22:07
  • no problem. learning regex is worth every minute put into it. tools like www.phpliveregex.com and regex101.com are great when learning as well. Dec 21, 2017 at 22:15

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