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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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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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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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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 pass arguments from add_settings_field() to the callback function?

I have a function like this: add_settings_field( 'contact_phone', 'Contact Phone', 'settings_callback', 'general'); That works. It calls settings_callback. Cool. The problem I have with this is: ...
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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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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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WordPress Theme variables scope

I need to create a variable that can be accessed throughout my WordPress Theme template files (index.php, header.php etc..). I know function definitions go inside the functions.php template file (in ...
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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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Reducing the use of global $post

When creating meta boxes, in each meta box function it seems a reference to the global $post is passed as a parameter ($event). I prefer this as it seems consistent and less likely to fudge the $post ...
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Where to get information about array fields in $_REQUEST?

I just started to learn PHP and doing things with WordPress and I am a bit confused about information in Codex. Was told that Codex got all info I required but I got stuck with it. What array fields ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why declare $post globally?

I'm new to Wordpress development and am seeing examples everywhere that have a line to declare the $post variable explicitly via: global $post; But I've tested my uses without that line and it makes ...
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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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Create a global variable for use in all templates

I used following code function userinfo_global() { global $users_info; wp_get_current_user(); } add_action( 'init', 'userinfo_global' ); in a file users.php , this file are call in inside ...
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What is $post_id? is it a global variable in wordpress?

How can $post_id be used while echoing posts in single.php? Is it a global variable?
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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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Registering AJAX callback function that is part of a class without instantiating the class in function.php

I'm not even sure if this is possible. But nevertheless I thought of asking. I'm in habit of wrapping/grouping AJAX calls for a particular need within a class. See below. class my_class { ...
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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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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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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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Accessing $post global on a custom post type archive page

I have a custom post type called projects, and its archive is at /projects, on the archive page I get notices Notice: Trying to get property of non-object every time I try to access the $post i.e. $...
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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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get_query_var vs global query variables?

I have query vars defined in functions.php using: add_filter('init', 'add_query_vars'); function add_query_vars() { global $wp; $wp->add_query_var('profession'); } Until now, to retrieve ...
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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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Should I global $wpdb outside of any of my plugin's functions scope?

I know that the general advice to global variables is to not use them at all. Still, when doing something with the Wordpress database, it is required to do global $wpdb; to access the methods ...
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How should I store global information such as a phone number so that it is editable through the CMS?

Right now I have a p element in header.php containing the address and phone number my client wishes to use for contact info. How can I set this up so that it is editable through the WP admin area so ...
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Passing variables to template parts

I have one template file videos.php which has the following line of code in it (aswell as a load of HTML): <?php get_template_part('loop', 'feed-videos' ); ?> inside that template part, I have ...
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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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Retrieve the template directory URI via global or get_template_directory_uri() every time?

One Wordpress function I happen to use frequently is get_template_directory_uri(). While I tried to minimize or avoid its use where I can, I still happen to have more than one call to this function in ...
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JavaScript, best way to use data from the loop

I am trying to learn WP theme development. And at the moment I am trying to figure out how to use data from the loop in JavaScript. Lets say I got some JavaScripts functions in a external script-file ...
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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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WP 4.4.1 allow empty comments via add_action 'pre_comment_on_post'

got a question about allowing empty comments with worpdress v.4.4.1 to achieve this i use the action 'pre_comment_on_post'. in WP 4.3.1 i could do this easily: if (isset($_POST['comment']) &&...
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using 1 form shortcode (si or cf7) for all multisite sites [closed]

I have a network with more than 50 sites. I want to create one contact form (which means one shortcode) using contact form 7 or fast secure contact form. Then, I want to use that shortcode on all the ...
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Pass variables from one widget to another widget

I wrote a widget but I need to use the variables from one widget in another...both widgets are in the same dynamic sidebar. This is what I am trying to do: I wrote a widget that adds a footer to the ...
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Adding a section to admin menu for global settings

Bear with me a moment as I am still relatively new to WP dev. I am currently building a custom site that loads certain blocks on pages using get_template_part(); . So for example, the home page ...
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Custom plugin: Trying to show saved data on frontend

I'm working on my first plugin and I have made a nice settings page which saves and works. But I have split it to few files and now I can't determine if field is checked.. I have also tried ...
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Multisite Global Custom Posts

I have a museum client with a multisite setup with pages that detail the exhibits in their facility. They recently added tablets throughout the museum and want their tablets to display only their ...
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Change global values from templates

I am trying to check for a php variable in each of my template in order to assign it a different styling but the value seems to disappear, can you please help, I already spent hours trying to figure ...
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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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Using query_posts inside single.php loop

Inside of my loop in single.php, I used a custom query using get_posts to return posts belonging to a certain category. <?php global $post; ...
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Will $current_user no longer be global?

I just had a look at Global variables in WP and I discovered that a lot has changed since the last time I looked. $current_user is no longer listed. Does that mean this and many other (old) globals ...
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How does the $post_type global variable work?

I need to output the name of the custom post type within archive.php and single.php. I would use something like this: if ( 'staff' == get_post_type() ) { $post_type = 'staff'; } echo '<div ...
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How to fix a “globals” issue to avoid a rejected theme?

I submit a WordPress theme for Themeforest and one of the reasons for rejection was as follows: Globals should always be within a function or a class and should be used restrictively & only if ...
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Global functions on WPMU

I work in a multisite environment where all of the sites are related. A lot of recent developments have required me to copy and paste certain functions into many different theme folders, which causes ...
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How/where is the global variable $wp_registered_widgets filled?

I have a problem of widgets not showing up, trying to investigate why $wp_registered_widgets is empty. Can somebody tell me where it gets filled from the database? How can I find out why the default ...