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Posted on 2007-11-23
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Hi

I have recently installed a WordPress blog, and I would like to show the latest 4/5 posts on my homepage (outside of the blog) is there any easy way in PHP I can fetch the latest posts?

Thanks

John

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Question by:logicjb
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by:logicjb
ID: 20338563
Thanks, but this code only works from within wordpress. I need an external solution to call the latest posts (same server)
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simonkin earned 2000 total points
ID: 20338764
Hi,

Try this...


<?php
 
	// Connect to your database
	mysql_connect("db-host", "db-user", "db-password")or die("cannot connect");
	mysql_select_db("db-name")or die("cannot select DB");
	
	// How many posts to show?
	$show = 5;
	
	// Set the query
	$query = "SELECT id, post_content, post_title, post_name FROM wp_posts WHERE post_status='publish' ORDER BY id DESC LIMIT 0,$show";
	$result = mysql_query($query);
	
	// Build an array of posts
	$posts = array();
	
	// Iterate through the posts and populate the array
	while ($row = mysql_fetch_array($result, MYSQL_ASSOC)) {
	
		$id = $row["id"];
		$posts[$id]["id"] = $row["id"];
		$posts[$id]["content"] = $row["post_content"];
		$posts[$id]["title"] = $row["post_title"];
		$posts[$id]["link"] = $row["post_name"];
	
	}
	
	// Close the database connection if you don't have a persistant connection...
	mysql_close();
 
?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
<title>Untitled Document</title>
</head>
 
<body>
<table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2">
  <tr>
    <td width="10%" align="left" valign="top"><strong>ID:</strong></td>
    <td width="28%" align="left" valign="top"><strong>Title:</strong></td>
    <td width="62%" align="left" valign="top"><strong>Post:</strong></td>
  </tr>
  
  <?php
  
  foreach ($posts as $post) {
  
  echo '
  <tr>
    <td align="left" valign="top">' . $post["id"] . '</td>
    <td align="left" valign="top"><a href="' . $post["link"] . '">' . $post["title"] . '</a></td>
    <td align="left" valign="top">' . $post["content"] . '</td>
  </tr>';
  
  }
  
  ?>
  
</table>
</body>
</html>

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by:logicjb
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excellent, thanks
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by:Matthew Kelly
ID: 23061894
I know this question has been closed for a year so this is as an FYI for anyone else working on this. I wanted to include the latest posts on my home page (which happened to not be in wordpress). DO NOT RETRIEVE THIS KIND OF INFO DIRECTLY FROM THE WORDPRESS DATABASE.

A much better and easier method is to include the "wp-blog-header.php" file.

This would allow you to use Wordpress function calls on your PHP page. To figure out the correct wordpress function calls look at your theme editor pages. For example if I wanted to show recent posts, I look at my sidebar.php in the theme editor and grab out the section that displays recent posts.

Retrieving directly from the wordpress database is NOT recommended. It is not very upgrade friendly. The best method is to use the methods wordpress supplies to retrieve its information, so that as it increases in versions, everything is compliant.
<?php 
require('blog/wp-blog-header.php'); 
?>
<li><h1>Recent Posts</h1><ul><?php wp_get_archives('type=postbypost&limit=5')?></ul></li>

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