Nov 20, 2019 | WordPress

Difference between wp_query & wp_the_query

Let’s start with the difference between global and $GLOBALS to understand the difference between $wp_query & $wp_the_query.

Global is a keyword which is used to creates global variable. Global variables can be imported into local scope for local scope.

$GLOBALS is a superglobal array that is accessible everywhere without the global keyword, but the significant difference is that it only grants access to that variable we can’t modify it.

In the context of WordPress(reference – wp-settings.php):
$GLOBALS[‘wp_the_query’] = new WP_Query();
$GLOBALS[‘wp_query’] = $GLOBALS[‘wp_the_query’];

$wp_query is the variable that contains the copy of GLOBALS[‘wp_the_query’]. Plugins and themes could modify $wp_query.

$wp_the_query is the variable that contains an original copy of GLOBALS[‘wp_the_query’]. This is used to reset the $wp_query object when we call wp_reset_query() function.

To be conclusive, If you would like to write competent & reliable code, which rarely fails, you should be using $GLOBALS[‘wp_the_query’]. On the other hand, if you believe other plugins and themes are always practicing the correct methodology of programming, you could use $GLOBALS[‘wp_query’].

Posted By:
Mohd Arif
Dreamer, Schemer, Music & Technology enthusiast. He enjoys building things that speak HTTP. Arif is Development Head at Elicus and has over 8 years experience in the WordPress development industry.

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Amazing Divi Woocommerce Layouts for Your Store

Amazing Divi Woocommerce Layouts for Your Store

In today's time, an online store can only make good revenue if it has a beautiful design that is easy to access and looks modern. A digital store with only beautiful sections and design and no easy user interface doesn't work. Therefore, Divi WooCommerce Layouts come...

Top WordPress Event Plugins You Should Consider in 2022

Top WordPress Event Plugins You Should Consider in 2022

If you’re looking to showcase events on your WordPress site, you can utilize the events plugins for that. However, when there are many options available on the internet as well as WordPress repository, it becomes somewhat complex to choose one.  Therefore, we’ve...

Popular on Divi Extended

Divi Plus WooCommerce Extended Divi Child Theme Divi Header Layouts