I want to display the full page content rather than the excerpt in my child theme.

If I make the changes to the parent, they appear on the site. If changes are made to same exact file in child, they do not appear. I know this is because the parent loads after the child, but I need the child changes to stick.

Here's the code:

<?php if ( $page_id ) : ?>
    <div class="about-content-wrapper tg-column-wrapper clearfix">
           $the_query = new WP_Query( 'page_id=' . $page_id );
           while ( $the_query->have_posts() ) :
           $title_attribute = the_title_attribute( 'echo=0' );

           if ( has_post_thumbnail() ) {
           <?php $thumb_id = get_post_thumbnail_id( get_the_ID() );
           $img_altr = get_post_meta( $thumb_id, 
           '_wp_attachment_image_alt', true );
           $img_alt = ! empty( $img_altr ) ? $img_altr : $title_attribute;
           $post_thumbnail_attr = array(
             'alt'   => esc_attr( $img_alt ),
            ); ?>
            <div class="about-image tg-column-2">
            <?php the_post_thumbnail( 'full', $post_thumbnail_attr ); ?>
            <?php } ?>

            <div class="about-content tg-column-2">
            $output = '<h2 class="about-title"> <a href="' . 
            get_permalink() . '" title="' . $title_attribute . '" alt ="' . $title_attribute . '">' . get_the_title() . '</a></h2>';

            **$output .= '<div class="about-content"><p>' . 
            get_the_excerpt() . '</p></div>';**

            $output .= '<div class="about-btn"> <a href="' . get_permalink() . '">' . __( 'Read more', 'himalayas' ) . '</a>';

            if ( ! empty( $button_text ) ) {
            $output .= '<a href="' . $button_url . '">' . esc_html( $button_text ) . '<i class="fa ' . $button_icon . '"></i></a>';
               $output .= '</div>';
               echo $output;

The part in question is the $output .= '<div class="about-content"><p>' . get_the_excerpt() . '</p></div>'; line.

Changing "get_the_excerpt()" to "get_the_content()" when the change is made in the parent, displays the full page content. However, when the change is made in the child, it's still only displaying the excerpt.

Any ideas?

  • what theme are you using, and what file are you editing?
    – Michael
    Commented Mar 24, 2019 at 18:43
  • It's the Himalayas theme - bit.ly/2UUGUfU and the file is specific to the theme. It's in the widgets folder and it's called "class-himalayas-about-us-widget.php"
    – corkin
    Commented Mar 24, 2019 at 22:20
  • similar problem for me at wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/364907/…
    – KarmicP
    Commented Apr 23, 2020 at 22:57

1 Answer 1


General notes:

  • it's not good practice to modify the Parent theme. If the theme gets updated, then your changes will be lost.
  • the Child theme is loaded first. Any missing 'parts' (like a template) are then loaded from the parent theme. So a page.php in your child theme will be used instead of the parent's page.php template.

So, if you change the Child page.php, and make a different change to the Parent page.php, the Parent page.php is never called.

You should always make changes to a Child theme. Even if the parent theme is updated, your Child's code will be used.

If you want things to happen differently in a template, copy the template from the parent, modify things, and then place that file in the Child theme's folder.

  • Hey Rick, sorry if I didn't make it clear in the initial message, but I am modifying a child theme. I just modified the parent to see if it made a difference and it did. I then reverted the parent back to it's original code and tried the changes in the same file in my child theme, but they didn't work.
    – corkin
    Commented Mar 24, 2019 at 22:18

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