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Questions tagged [globals]

In PHP globals are variables that are available for every function. WordPress core defines several handfulls of global variables, such as `$post` and `wp_query`.

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Should we trust the post globals?

@toscho left a comment to this answer which had me thinking again. How much trust should we have in the global scope, specially regarding the post globals like $post? So what? The global variable ...
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How to: inspect global variables in WordPress

People are often confused about how to get data from global objects/variables Question: In which ways can you inspect global variables? This Q was written because it's needed pretty often over here ...
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WordPress Multisite - global categories

Setting up a WP multisite instance - the client has an existing ontology / set of categories that they want to classify all content across the set of blogs. Also the desire is that any new categories ...
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Does an activated plugin automatically mean its methods are available to other WP functions?

I made a WordPress plugin like this: Class MY_CLASS { //codes } Global $myclass; $myclass = New MY_CLASS (); After installed and activated the plugin, can I use this class in other plugins without ...
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How to set and use global variables? Or why not to use them at all

UPDATE: My original question has been solved, but this is turning into a valid discussion about why not to use global variables, so I am updating the question to reflect that. The solution was <?...
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When to use global $post and other global variables?

I am trying to understand when and why I should use the global $post variable. I have tried to do the following on a post page, outside the loop, and as expected it works. <?php ...
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When and Where is `global $post` Set and Available?

Usually when people think of the global $post object it's assumed that it's actually set whenever you enter The Loop. I started to play around with how early I could actually call global $post which ...
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Passing variables to templates (alternatives to globalizing variables)

I want to make my WP code simpler (there's some mess within header.php, page.php etc.). So, for example, I want to set something like this global: $foo = get_option('foo'); So $foo will work ...
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Passing variables from header.php to template and vice verca

I've defined a variable - let's call it $header_var, which is placed in the header.php file. I would like this variable to be passed onto my template file (in this case taxonomy.php). Also I would ...
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get_post() vs global $post or $GLOBAL['post']

I'm writing a widget plugin and need access to post information. I've seen people using 3 different approaches: global $post; if ( isset( $GLOBALS['post'] ) ) $post = $GLOBALS['post']; $post = ...
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query_posts() in function makes global $wp_query out of sync?

This has me stumped for a while already. Either I am missing something very obvious or something very not obvious. I am also not entirely sure if this has something to do with WP or purely PHP ...
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How to set global variable in functions.php

I want to be able to echo the URL of the featured image of a post and after looking some on the web I found the following which works fine when I put it in a loop in my front page template. <?php ...
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What is a good alternative to using $content_width for image optimization?

The $content_width GLOBAL in WordPress effects many themes and even some plugins by limiting the size of images and embeds in posts, it is a requirement for themes submitted to wordpress.org. It is ...
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Using global $post v/s $GLOBALS['post']

It's probably more of a PHP question, but I would like to know if there are any differences in using global $post; echo $post->ID; when compared to echo $GLOBALS['post']->ID; to access the ...
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Any advantage of using wp_scripts and is_IE when enqueuing scripts

I read on the WP docs, which pointed to this gist that the correct way to enqueue styles for IE is by using the $wp_styles. I'm guessing that this would be true then for scripts as well. Take these ...
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Filter the blog title displayed in the header

I wanted to filter the blog title displayed in the header to apply different CSS styles to different title parts/words, so I added the below function to my (WP 4.7) Twenty Seventeen child theme's ...
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Global Objects and Public Methods

I'm developing a plugin and am just thinking over best practices. How common is it to have a global object? Currently on plugins_loaded I am creating a global object of my class: add_action( '...
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How to call a function only once (global variable scope)

I have been trying to work out the most effecient way to use functions in WordPress. I have a big slow function big_slow_function() that ideally is only run once. But I need to use the boolean that ...
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Filter the blog's title without using global variables

The below code uses the bloginfo filter to add some CSS rules to my blog’s title and outputs it to the site header, without affecting the HTML head’s <title> tag. This solution was taken from ...
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What is the difference between using global $current_screen and get_current_screen()?

I have been looking at get_current_screen();. I have seen there is also a global $current_screen; that I could use. Here are two examples: // Using function function wpse_post_notice() { $...
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Filtered query_vars becomes global. Why does this work?

For some reason that's not quite clear, when I add custom query_vars, they become available everywhere without the need of an accessor like global or get_query_var() // if your url contains the var ...
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Detecting Embed URLs Within post_content

I need to change the way WP outputs html when given an embed URL within the content. Example content within the WP editor: This is standard content and will be wrapped in a 'p' tag. But check out ...
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How to access global $wp_meta_boxes variable on front-end?

Is there a way to take the global $wp_meta_boxes variable to be used in the front-end? Currently the $wp_meta_boxes is accessible on specific admin pages only. I've found a similar question about ...
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How to check if this is the nth instance of a given shortcode in a post

Suppose I have a shortcode called [item], which I have used 20 times in a particular post. Is it possible, from within the shortcode handler function, to know what the numerical index of the given [...
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Save last login date in global before change it?

I use this function to get the last time a user logged in. function jkn_last_login($user_login) { $user = get_user_by( 'login', $user_login ); global $last_login; $last_login = array(); ...
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global $wp_meta_boxes returns NULL

When I call global $wp_meta_boxes; it returns null. I'm trying to calling like: class my_class() { public function __construct(){ add_action( 'wp_dashboard_setup' , array( $this , '...