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Display Wordpress content from Outside Wordpress

Ever wanted to call Wordpress functions from outside the Wordpress installation?, no plugin required, just a few lines of code.

Please note, this is an old article suitable for WP1/2, a new version is being built. In the meantime look at replacing wp-config.php with wp-load.php for WP 2.5 onwards.


Using this snippet you can list post titles, even excerpts or comments outside of Wordpress on your website without having to go through the web interface.

It’s as simple as creating a new PHP file. ie. newest.php in your Wordpress root (topmost folder) and then including it in any other file on your website that is outside of Wordpress.

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  1. manele January 6, 2008

    thx for this little tutorial! One digg from me :)

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  3. mccormicky September 12, 2008

    I Digg,too! Dugg? Thanks for this!

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  5. Synergy Informatics October 3, 2008

    simple yet mighty,

    Thanks for this…

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  7. Alexdaklak October 17, 2008

    Can I get to another website?

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  9. admin October 17, 2008

    You would have to have access to the aforementioned files on the other website.

    However you could just hook up into their RSS feed, like so:

    [script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://www.google.com/reader/ui/
    [script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://www.google.com/reader/public/javascript/feed/http://www.voodish.co.uk/articles/v-feed.php?n=9&callback=GRC_p(%7Bc%3A’-'%2Ct%3A”%2Cs

    please note you should replace [ ] with <> respectively.
    Hope this helps

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  11. Joy November 5, 2008

    This looks good {except for the specifics of calling wp()}, but when I try it on a clean 2.6.3 I get a fatal error inside wp-settings.php that a member function is being called on a non-object. It’s talking about the $wpdb object calling set_prefix. I can’t see why there would be a problem since WP works in every other way. Two lines up it checks !empty($wpdb->error without complaint.
    What am I missing?

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  13. Joy November 11, 2008

    I finally got back to trying this out. Here’s’ the error I get:

    Strict Notice: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in wp-settings.php on line 472

    My server says it has a PHP version of 4.4.8, but I thought it was higher since I’m able to run Magento. (Oh yeah, there’s this in the .htaccess file: AddHandler application/x-httpd-php5 php).

    So is it just my version of PHP that has gone beyond allowing what WordPress is doing (assigning the return value of new by reference)? I guess I can hack the WP settings file not to do it that way…or turn off Strict… maybe?

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  15. Marty March 5, 2009

    So is it possible to pull latest posts from different categories on to different pages of a “traditional” separate website using this technique?
    i.e posts in “news” category to a news page
    and post from “offers” category to an offers page.

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  17. Alex August 5, 2009

    Is it possible to display comment form and comments from a specific post on a page outside of wordpress? I would like to show post comments on a page that is linked to inside the post but the link is on a page outside of wordpress. Would like to give option of commenting/reading comments in wp and on linked page.

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  19. Martino November 3, 2009

    This looks good :)

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  21. Mark February 20, 2010

    Problem: the_excerpt() doesn’t seem to work with posts that have permalinks. This is indicated in the wordpress codex, and sure enough, I can’t get it to work. Bummer

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  23. PACKER April 15, 2010

    In regards to your answer to Alexdaklak’s question: what is “have access” imply? For instance I have several sites hosted together including one with WP and another I’d like to include some of that WP content on using this method. Is there an additional step to load the necessary files or something in the server settings that has to be manipulated?

    Thanks, much. I just much prefer the customization options of a regular include then running it through RSS…

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  25. Jared June 18, 2010

    I have tried both of your methods but neither one of them worked :( Is it still valid with the WP3.0 update?

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  27. admin June 18, 2010

    ***This is an old article; when I have more time I will build a new version for later WP versions.

    In the meantime, try swapping wp-config.php for wp-load.php, which was new for WP2.5 onwards.

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  29. Zahin Wadud August 23, 2011

    AweSome !!!

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  31. Anup October 12, 2011

    i have used newest.php and it displayed the content but what i want more is need to add pagination to navigate older content. can anyone help me to do that? i tried but i am not able to do that.
    Thanks in advance

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  33. Empresas January 11, 2012


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  35. smita February 24, 2012

    when i tried this code for for one blog it’s work great but in multiple blog this code is giving same output as 1st blog.
    why this happen

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