WordPress Code Snippets

WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that enables you to create a website or blog from scratch or to improve an existing website. WordPress is free and open source software released under the GPL.

A WordPress developer is someone who creates or modifies WordPress websites and/or plugins. They may also be involved in the testing or support of WordPress websites. WordPress developers can be employed by a company, be self-employed, or work as freelance contractors.

If you’re a WordPress developer, then you know that there are always new code snippets to learn. Here is a curated list of some of the best code snippets for WordPress developers. This list includes everything from creating custom post types to adding custom fields to posts. So, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced WordPress developer, you’ll find something here that will help you build better websites.

Curated List of WordPress Code Snippets


Order Results by Meta Value
$args = [
	'post_type' 	   => 'post',
	'post_status'      => 'publish',
	'posts_per_page'   => 100,
	'offset'           => 0,
	'meta_key' => 'sub_header',
	'orderby' => 'meta_value',
	'order' => 'ASC',	

$posts = get_posts($args);
$query = new WP_Query($args);


Change The Default Excerpt Length
add_filter( 'excerpt_length', function($length) {
    return 100;


Access WordPress Functions in an External PHP File

//query user
if(is_user_logged_in() ) {
    $user = wp_get_current_user();
    echo "<p><b>Loggedin user:</b> {$user->data->user_login}</p>";
//query comments
global $wpdb;
$comments = $wpdb->get_results($wpdb->prepare("SELECT * FROM {$wpdb->prefix}comments"));
echo "<h3>Comments</h3>";
foreach ($comments as $key => $comment) {
    echo "<p>{$comment->comment_content}</p>";        


Get All Posts Containing a Shortcode
global $wpdb;
$results = $wpdb->get_results("SELECT ID FROM {$wpdb->posts} WHERE post_content LIKE '%[shortcode_name%'", ARRAY_N);


Fix “Installation Failed: Could Not Create Directory” Error
Login to your website's FTP via an FTP client like FileZilla
Choose 3 folders wp_content, wp_includes, and wp_admin then right-click to open the “File permissions…” option.
Set and tick these settings: Numeric value: 755, Recurse into subdirectories, Apply to directories only.
On the root of your WordPress installation, select all files and folders, right-click then choose the “File permissions…” option.
Set and tick these settings: Numeric value: 644, Recurse into subdirectories, Apply to files only.

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