Function and usage of get_post_parent() in wordpress


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    The get_post_parent() function in WordPress is used to retrieve the parent post object for a given post. This function is particularly useful in hierarchical post types like pages, where posts can have parent-child relationships.

    Function Definition:

    get_post_parent( int|WP_Post|null $post = null ): WP_Post|null


    • $post (int | WP_Post | null) - Optional. This parameter can be a post ID or a WP_Post object. If not provided, the function will use the global $post object by default. The default value is null.

    Return Value:

    • WP_Post | null - The function returns a WP_Post object representing the parent post if there is one. If the specified post does not have a parent, or if the post does not exist, it returns null.


    Here's an example of how get_post_parent() can be used:

    // Assume you are inside a WordPress loop or have a post ID
    $post_id = get_the_ID(); // Get current post ID
    $parent_post = get_post_parent($post_id);
    if ( $parent_post ) {
        // There is a parent post
        echo 'Parent Post Title: ' . esc_html( $parent_post->post_title );
    } else {
        // No parent post found
        echo 'This post has no parent.';

    In this example:

    1. We retrieve the current post ID using get_the_ID().
    2. We then pass this ID to get_post_parent() to get the parent post.
    3. If a parent post exists, we display its title. If not, a message is shown indicating that the post has no parent.

    This function is particularly helpful in themes or plugins where you need to display information about a post's parent, or make decisions based on the presence of a parent post.

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