How to Add PHP Code to WordPress Post or Page

How to Add PHP Code to WordPress Post or Page

Looking to know how to run PHP code on a WordPress post or page? You’ve come to the right place. Here, we will uncover how to add PHP to a WordPress page or post so you can improve their functionality.

Reasons to Add PHP Code to WordPress Post or Page

By default, WordPress doesn’t allow you to run PHP code in posts or pages. The recommended way to add PHP functions is to modify the child theme or create custom page templates.

Despite so, there are occasions where you might want to add specific PHP functions to an individual post or page. In these cases, you can override the rule using WordPress code widget plugins.

The following tutorial will guide you through the process of using the Insert PHP Code Snippet plugin to add PHP code directly to a WordPress post or page.

How to Add PHP Code to WordPress Post or Page Using a Plugin

Before diving into the tutorial, make sure you have installed and activate the Insert PHP Code Snippet plugin. Check this tutorial for thorough instructions on how to install and activate a WordPress plugin properly.

  1. From your WordPress dashboard, navigate to XYZ PHP Code -> PHPCode Snippets.
  2. In the PHP Code Snippets page, click Add New PHP Code Snippet. Add your desired PHP function and its tracking name to the appointed boxes. In this example, we will add the date() function that returns the local date and time. Then, click Create.
    This image shows you how to add PHP code to the Insert PHP Code Snippet plugin. This plugin will help you add PHP to WordPress post or page.
  3. If the process is successful, a confirmation message and the new function will appear on the screen. For future use, make sure all the PHP functions you want to use are active by checking the Action section. Active code snippets will show a green pause symbol while inactive ones will have a green checkmark next to them.
    This image shows you how to tell if the added function is active. To deactivate the function, click on the Pause button in the Action section..
  4. To add a PHP code to a WordPress post or page, paste the snippet shortcode of the function you want to use in the desired location. If you’re using the Gutenberg block editor, use the shortcode or code block to display it.
    This image shows you how to add PHP code in WordPress post using the shortcode and code block in Gutenberg editor.
  5. That’s it! Your newly created post should execute the PHP code like the following example:
    This image shows you how WordPress execute the PHP function you added using shortcode and code blocks.

Conclusion

Just because WordPress doesn’t allow you to run PHP code in a post or page, it’s not impossible to do so. Using WordPress code widget plugins, you can add various PHP functions to your posts or pages easily.

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Domantas leads the content and SEO teams forward with fresh ideas and out of the box approaches. Armed with extensive SEO and marketing knowledge, he aims to spread the word of Hostinger to every corner of the world. During his free time, Domantas likes to hone his web development skills and travel to exotic places.