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Getting the_content() in a Relationship loop

  • Hello,

    I have created a Relationship field where the user chooses 3 pages which will be featured on the homepage. Each should show the page title, the page link and the content from that page. I used the example basic loop on from this page – – to get started and it works for the most part.

    This is what my current code looks like:

    <?php $posts = get_field('featured_pages'); ?>
    <?php foreach( $posts as $post): ?>
    <?php setup_postdata($post); ?>
    <div class="col-md-4">
    <h5><a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></h5>
    <p><?php the_content(); ?></p>
    <?php endforeach; ?>
    <?php wp_reset_postdata(); ?>

    It’s getting the_permalink(), it’s getting the_title(), but the_content() doesn’t work. Any ideas?

    • Elliot

    • March 10, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Hi @cwcarlsen

    If the_title and the_permalink and working, I don’t understand why the_content is not working.

    Perhaps you can debug the post data like so:

    $posts = get_field('featured_pages');
    echo '<pre>';
    	print_r( $posts);
    echo '</pre>';

    Does each post object contain post_content data?

    Maybe the selected posts, don’t contain data? Or perhaps another plugin is preventing the post_content from being displayed such as a member plugin?


    • t-racer

    • March 28, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    I had this same problem. Then I realised the format was set to Post IDs. As soon as I changed it to Post Objects it worked.

  • When I use this I get the opposite problem. The content works, but the permalink and title both reference the page they are placed into. When I don’t use the post data, they reference correctly, but the content doesn’t show.

    • bauholz

    • November 6, 2014 at 10:42 am

    I’m getting the same issue as cwcarlsen.

    In my case, I can get the title, permalink, thumbnail and excerpts displaying correctly, but not the_content. Changing the format from Post Objects to Post IDs didn’t work. I’ve been using ACF Pro 5.10 and 5.12.

    • bauholz

    • November 6, 2014 at 11:35 am

    A quick update to my earlier post – switching to ACF (non-Pro) 4.3.9 seems to have fixed the problem.

    • jberg1

    • October 2, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Changed to Post Object from Post ID.
    That fixed it!

  • I have a loop setup and need to pull in the title, content, and featured image. Everything works except for the_content().

    The field is set to post object so I know thats not the issue. Is this something with ACF Pro? I really don’t want to use the old version just because of this. Any help here would be much appreciated.

    Version: ACF Pro 5.3.1

  • Bumping this – have the same issue.
    I get the featured image, title and other acf fields, but no excerpt or content.

    <h3>Course Faculty</h3>
               global $post;
               $faculty = get_field('alt_faculty');
               if( $faculty ): ?>
               <?php foreach( $faculty as $post): ?>
                <?php setup_postdata($post); ?>
                <div class="post-author">
                  <div class="thumb">
                    <?php if ( has_post_thumbnail() ) { ?>
                    <a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><?php the_post_thumbnail(); ?></a>
                    <?php } else { ?>
                    <a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><img src="<?php echo catch_that_image(); ?>" /></a><?php }?>
                  <h3><a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></h3>
                  <?php the_excerpt(); ?>
                  <?php get_template_part( 'partials/profile-social', '' ); ?>
              <?php endforeach; ?>
              <?php wp_reset_postdata(); ?>
            <?php endif; ?>
  • Ah. Fixed the issue by switching the field from post_ID to post object.

  • Very odd, I’m having the exact same issue but my field is definitely setup as a post object. Anyone else having this issue?

  • Having this issue too, using the Basic loop (without setup_postdata). Field is 100% set up as Post Object, and I’m able to get the title using:

    <?php echo get_the_title( $p->ID ); ?>

    but unable to get the content using:

    <?php echo get_the_content( $p->ID ); ?>

  • I was having this issue too using the Basic loop (without setup_postdata) on my blog/news page. I was using a relationship field to select some featured posts for the top of the page but get_the_content() always returned the content of my latest published post.

    I over came this using the below code:

    <?php $content = get_post_field('post_content', $p->ID); ?>
    <p><?php echo $content; ?></p>
    • addison

    • September 16, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    Just in case anyone else comes along searching for this, here’s what worked for me:

    global $post;
    $related_posts = get_field( 'related_posts' );
    if( $related_posts ) : 
        foreach( $related_posts as $post ) : setup_postdata( $post );
            // This worked for me
            $output = apply_filters( 'the_content', $post->post_content );
            echo $post->post_content;
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