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How to get_the_content with proper formatting inside functions.php?

Author: Dimitar Radev | Posted on: July 24, 2018 |

To get the post or page content inside WordPress functions.php with all the HTML tags you need to use the_content filter.

This method of getting the content data is very helpful when creating custom REST API points or Plugins.

global $post;

$my_variable = apply_filters('the_content', get_post_field('post_content', $post->id));


You have probably landed here after browsing the WEB for “get_the_content() is not formated properly” or something similar. The reason is that get_the_content() is not passed
through the ‘the_content’ filter. Wich means that $my_variable = apply_filters(‘the_content’, get_the_content($post->id)); will work as well. The reason I’m using get_post_field(‘post_content’, $post->id) is because sometimes in get_the_content() and the_content()  functions a variable sent to a PHP count() could be NULL and that is an issue for PHP 7.2

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     Dimitar Radev

    Hey, I'm Dimitar "B1-0S" Radev or D in short. I'm a WordPress Developer for nearly 10 years and I have in-depth knowledge in creating Custom WordPress Themes, Plugins, Commercial Themes Edits, and WooCommerce Storefronts. In the last two years, I'm specializing in Technical SEO for WordPress websites.

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