I am attempting to exclude all sticky posts from my front page in twenty twelve theme. I have attempted the following. I am making all changes to the child theme.

  1. To remove the following code from content.php

    <?php if ( is_sticky() && is_home() && ! is_paged() ) : ?>
    <div class="featured-post">
        <?php _e( 'Featured post', 'twentytwelve' ); ?>
    <?php endif; ?>
  2. Add following code to index.php before the loop(this removed sticky posts but broke pagination)

    <?php query_posts( array( 'post__not_in' => get_option( 'sticky_posts' ) ) ); ?>

This is the loop in index.php (pretty much standard index.php for twenty twelve.

        <?php while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>
            <?php get_template_part( 'content', get_post_format() ); ?>

        <?php endwhile; ?>

        <?php twentytwelve_content_nav( 'nav-below' ); ?>

Could someone please advise me on what I should exactly put into this loop to not show any sticky posts on index.php?

Thank you for your time.

1 Answer 1


Don't use query_posts. Use a filter on pre_get_posts.

function no_front_sticky_wpse_98680($qry) {
  if (is_front_page()) {
    $qry->set('post__not_in',get_option( 'sticky_posts' ));

By running query_posts you clobber the main query, over-writing it with another query. That is why you break pagination. The new query gets out of sync with what should be the main query.

  • I assume you would add this above to functions.php, but would I need to add anything inside the loop of index.php such as <?php no_front_sticky_wpse_98680() ?>
    – UkrVolk11
    Commented May 8, 2013 at 3:50
  • Just add it to functions.php. Nothing else is required. That will modify the main query for the front page.
    – s_ha_dum
    Commented May 8, 2013 at 4:12
  • @UkrVolk11 : if this solved the problem please mark it as "Accepted"
    – s_ha_dum
    Commented May 8, 2013 at 15:10

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