I want to add a sentence at the beginning of all posts of content directly into the post_content WordPress database. How do I? Either through the function.php or the MySQL command.


I'd go for solution posted by @butlerblog - it's a lot easier to manage and change in the future and it's better WP practice.

But... If you're asking... Here are the ways you can do this:

1. WP way:

function prepend_content_to_posts() {
    $to_prepend = 'This will be prepended';

    $posts = get_posts( array( 'posts_per_page' => -1 ) );
    foreach ( $posts as $post ) {
        wp_update_post( array(
            'ID' => $post->ID,
            'post_content' => $to_prepend . $post->post_content
        ) );

Then you'll have to call that function. Be careful not to call it twice - it will add your content twice in such case.

2. MySQL way:

UPDATE wp_posts
    SET post_content = CONCAT('<YOUR STRING TO PREPEND>', post_content) 
    WHERE post_type = 'post' AND post_status = 'publish'

Be careful to change table prefix according to your config.

  • Thank you for sharing your knowledge, I have tried it and managed to add the first paragraph through mysql. but through the function has not been successful because the syntax error appears, unexpected ';', expecting ')'. this knowledge might be useful to me in the future. for now it seems like your suggestion and @butlerblog are the current solution. thank you – Link Network Nov 19 '18 at 12:44
  • @LinkNetwork Ah, thanks for your notice. You're right, there was a typo in PHP code. I've corrected that and both solutions should work now :) – Krzysiek Dróżdż Nov 19 '18 at 12:46

Rather than insert it directly into the db, why don't you add it to the content when displayed using the_content filter? That way, you don't make any db changes you might want to undo later.

add_filter( 'the_content', 'my_extra_line' );
function my_extra_line( $content ) {

    if ( "post" == get_post_type() ) {
        // If the content is a post, add an extra line to the content.
        $content = "My extra line of content. " . $content;

    return $content;
  • thank you for the answer, I just want to know as basic knowledge if later it is needed. if there is a way please tell how – Link Network Nov 18 '18 at 11:55

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