Understanding the Query Loop Block

WordPress Hartford CT Meetup
May 22, 2024
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  • Speaker Introductions
  • What Is The Query Loop? (Ray & Peter)
  • How Was It Used Before The Block Editor? (Ray)
  • Using The Query Loop Block (Peter)
  • Creating A Dedicated Blog Page (Ray)
  • Alternatives (Ray & Peter)
  • Wrap-Up
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Ray Michno

Cute Yellow Wapuu WordPress Mascot
  • Hartford WordPress Co-Organizer
  • 25+ years in IT
  • Developer/Software Architect
  • Pratt & Whitney, Aetna, UnitedHealthGroup
  • 7+ years using WordPress
  • Self-employed – CTWebGeek
  • Married, No Kids, Lives in Newington, CT
  • Geek
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Peter Ingersoll

  • Hartford WordPress Co-Organizer
  • 25+ working on the Web
  • Marketing, communications, design, tech guy
  • Hartford Courant, logistics, agency
  • 10 years using WordPress
  • Self-employed – Ingersoll Interactive
  • Married, two adult kids, lives in South Windsor, CT
  • WordPress Admin and DIY Advocate – IngersollWP.com
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Understanding the Query Loop Block

WordPress Query Loop
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What Is The Query Loop?

  • The Query Loop (aka “The Loop) is how WordPress retrieves and displays blog posts, pages, categories, tags and custom post types.
  • Posts, Pages, etc. are all saved in your WordPress database.
  • WordPress provides the framework for accessing this data.
  • The Query Loop Block is a new, more user-friendly method of working with “The Loop” by using the Block Editor.
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How Was It Used Before The Block Editor?

  • The Loop is PHP code used by WordPress to display posts, etc.
  • You needed to be comfortable working with PHP and WordPress template files.
  • Using The Loop, WordPress processes each post to be displayed on the current page, and formats it according to how it matches specified criteria within The Loop Template Tags.
  • A Template Tag is code that instructs WordPress to “do” or “get” something.
    ex. the_permalink()displays the permalink for the current post
  • Any HTML or PHP code in the Loop will be processed on each post.
  • The Loop should be placed in the Theme’s index.php and in any other Templates used to display post information.
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Live Demo

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The Standing WordPress Reminder

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Your WordPress experience is defined by your theme, plugins, and custom code. WordPress environments can vary greatly!
Understanding concepts is more helpful than specifics.

Using The Query Loop Block

  • All the query loop goodness, none of the code
  • Powerful block used to display posts based on specified parameters
  • Can be used in many design and content variations
  • Can be placed on any page, including multiple loops on the same page
  • Use for blog post pages, portfolios, home page featured areas, category pages, etc.
  • Work in both block themes and classic themes
  • Not as scary as it sounds – experimentation is encouraged!
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Theme Blocks Used in Query Loops

  • Query Loop
  • Post Title
  • Post Featured Image
  • Post Excerpt
  • Post Date
  • Post Author
  • Categories
  • Tags
  • etc.
  • Plus most other blocks
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Creating A Dedicated Blog Page

  • By default, most themes are set up to display your latest blog posts as your Home page.
  • This can be changed in “Settings” -> “Reading” in the WordPress Dashboard.
  • Creating a separate blog page gives you the ability to display a static Home page.
  • By default the separate blog page will usually use the “index.php” template for formatting.
  • But you can change this and style your blog page however you want.
  • You can also create pages to display custom post types, category pages, etc.
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Alternatives and Extensions to The Query Loop Block

  • Other Core WordPress Blocks
  • Posts List – a variation of the Query Loop block that lets you display posts based on various query parameters and visual configurations
  • Calendar – displays your posts in a calendar format.
  • Latest Posts – displays your most recent posts
  • Archives – display a date archive of your posts
  • Block Plugins or Themes – ex. Kadence, GenerateBlocks, Blocksy
  • Advanced Query Loop Plugin, Query Loop Post Selector, etc.
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Wrap Up & Q&A

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