49 | Styling the First Post Different

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How to style the first / last / latest / newest post in a WordPress site different?

The default advice usually is to use a counter variable and a conditional statement to check for the first post in the loop; that approach obviously works fine, however requires a few lines of extra code before and in the loop.

A more condensed approach is to use $wp_query->current_post which returns the current post number in the loop, starting with 0 (zero) for the first post.

This can be combined with a check, if the page is really the first page, and not one of the paginated pages, using !is_paged().

If the goal is just to apply different css styles to the first post, it is best to add a unique css class to the post_class() which is used in most recent themes; like so: post_class($extra); to add the extra class to post_class.

All combined might look like (based on the code of content.php in Twenty Eleven):

<article id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>" <?php $extra = ( $wp_query->current_post == 0 && !is_paged() ) ? 'specialclass' : ''; post_class($extra); ?>>

If the goal is to have a totally different output for the first post, then a conditional structure is needed (within the loop, wrapping the post output):

<?php if( $wp_query->current_post == 0 && !is_paged() ) : ?>
/*the output of the first post*?
<?php else : ?>
/*the output of all other posts*/
<?php endif; ?>
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  7. KIDO comments:

    Nice..
    but what if i want to last post?

    • michael replies:

      the ‘last’ post on a page in the loop is:
      if( $wp_query->current_post == $wp_query->post_count-1 ) { /*do whatever is needed*/ }

  8. kamil comments:

    thanks!
    but what if I want not just first but first and second?

    • michael replies:

      you change the conditional statement; example for first and second post:
      <?php if( $wp_query->current_post <= 1 && !is_paged() ) : ?>

  9. Matt comments:

    Great post. Exactly what I was looking for after lots of digging. Thanks!

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