A WordPress Loop, or “The Loop,” as many call it, is a function in WordPress that is used to display each of your posts. Usually, the number of posts to be displayed is set in your WordPress Admin Panel Settings area under the “Reading” tab. However, what can you do to override the default WordPress Loop?
In this article, I will show you several examples of how to use The Loop and override it to display posts in several different ways. Simply follow the code examples below to get the WordPress Loop override structure that you prefer.
You can also display custom fields from a specific post outside the WordPress Loop if you want.
Display Any Number of Posts
The loop example will display any number of posts within that specific WordPress Loop. Open any template file where you would like to place the posts and add the following loop:
Exclude Posts From Some Category
This loop example demonstrates how to hide a specific Category or Categories from being displayed:
Style Posts From Some Category Differently
This loop example displays each post with its Title (which is used as a link to the Post’s Permalink), Categories, and Content. It also allows posts in a category with Category ID ‘3’ to be styled differently:
I hope this article gave you a few easy examples of how you can override the default WordPress loop in a few different ways.
Have you found a plugin that does this task? Have you had any trouble with the code when you tried to use it?
Author: Jeremy Holcombe
Growing up in Hawaii, Jeremy started his freelance writing career doing resumes, business plans, article writing, and everything in between. He now specializes in online marketing and content writing and is part of the Content Marketing Team at GreenGeeks.