php - WordPress: difference between get_the_content() and the_content()

php – WordPress: difference between get_the_content() and the_content()

php – WordPress: difference between get_the_content() and the_content()

While @J Quest provided an adequate answer, Id like to elaborate a little bit. Generally speaking, WordPress has two types of post variable functions: get_ functions and the_ functions.

get_ functions, such as get_the_content() or get_the_ID()will return the desired information, which must then be manipulated and printed to the page. Some examples:

$content = get_the_content();
$content = apply_filters( the_content, $content );
$content = str_replace( foo, bar, $content );

echo Post #. get_the_ID() . $content;

the_ functions, such as the_content() and the_ID() actually echo the returned value, and if applicable will apply the default filters for the appropriate values. These functions dont need to be echoed.

echo get_the_ID();

is functionally the same as

the_ID();

If you look at the docs for the_ID() youll see it literally just outputs the value of get_the_ID(). From the source:

function the_ID() {
    echo get_the_ID();
}

In that vein, if you try and set the_ functions as a variable, youll leave a trail of echoed variables throughout the page.

$id = the_ID();
echo Post ID: .$id;

will output:

123Post ID: 123

To use get_the_content() and get shortcodes to run, youll either need to run it through the do_shortcode() function, or better yet the_content filter.

$content = get_the_content();

echo do_shortcode( $content );
// Or:    
echo apply_filters( the_content, $content );

If you just need to spit out post content in a template, without any manipulation, youre typically better off with (no echo or echo short tag):

the_content();

get_the_content() does not pass the content through the_content. Which means that it does not auto-embed videos, or expand shortcodes, among other things.

Just use get_the_content() and it will remove those tags.

https://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/get_the_content
https://developer.wordpress.org/reference/functions/the_content/

php – WordPress: difference between get_the_content() and the_content()

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