[Resolved] Changing page content on the fly

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    For modifying the content of certain static pages on the fly, can you help me understand the difference between using a GP hook like generate_before_content to modify the content vs using a code snippet like the one below. For example, let’s say I want to modify the content of some reusable blocks on the fly.

    * Replace Text in post content
    function vr_replace_content($content) {
          $find = array('One', 'Two', 'Three'); // The items to replace
          $replace  = array('Uno', 'Dos', 'Tres'); // Their replacements
          $content = str_replace($find, $replace, $content); // $finds strings in the $content to $replace
          return $content; // The filtered content
    add_filter('the_content','vr_replace_content'); // This injects vr_replace_content() into the filter the_content(). The normal output of the_content() is altered by the custom function vr_replace_content()

    (Above example copied from https://journalxtra.com/wordpress/snippets/edit-wordpress-page-source-on-the-fly/)

    Just trying to understand how to know which approach is better/faster/more stable to use.


    Customer Support

    Hi there,

    Hook Elements simply insert content into the Themes Templates. The Hook you choose defines where it is displayed within a Template:


    And the Display Rules decides which post type or archive it is displayed on.

    The Hook Element is an action hook ie. add_action( 'the_hook', 'the_content_function' );

    Whereas the code you have is a Filter Hook and is being applied to the Post Content. Which cannot be done with an action hook.

    So Hook Elements ( add_action ) are for inserting stuff, and Filter Hooks ( add_filter ) are for changing stuff.


    Ok, thank you. I think that makes sense 🙂

    So I can use something like the Snippets plugin to add the add_filter hooks.

    Customer Support

    Yep thats correct – they go in Code Snippets or in a Child Theme functions.php
    Glad to be of help

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