post_class( string|array $class = '', int|WP_Post $post_id = null )

Displays the classes for the post container element.

Description Description

Parameters Parameters


(string|array) (Optional) One or more classes to add to the class list.

Default value: ''


(int|WP_Post) (Optional) Post ID or post object. Defaults to the global $post.

Default value: null

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File: wp-includes/post-template.php

function post_class( $class = '', $post_id = null ) {
	// Separates classes with a single space, collates classes for post DIV
	echo 'class="' . join( ' ', get_post_class( $class, $post_id ) ) . '"';

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Version Description
2.7.0 Introduced.

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User Contributed Notes User Contributed Notes

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    Contributed by hearvox

    Add more classes.
    You can add a class to the post_class defaults:

    <div id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>" <?php post_class( 'class-name' ); ?>>

    The above prints HTML with your added class and the defaults:

    <div id="post-4564" class="class-name post-4564 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-news">

    Use an array to add multiple classes:

    $classes = array(
    <div id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>" <?php post_class( $classes ); ?>>
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    Contributed by hearvox

    To print post_class CSS classes for a post other then the current one, specify its ID (integer):

    <?php post_class( '', 22 ); ?>

    The above prints (depending on category and tags):
    class="post-22 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-another-cat tag-tag1 tag-tag2

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    Contributed by hearvox

    Example of the template tag (and its default CSS classes).
    This example shows the post_class template tag as commonly used in a theme file (such as single.php):

    <div id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>" <?php post_class(); ?>>

    The output of the above prints this HTML (for a post in the ‘news’ category and a theme that supports Post Formats):

    <div id="post-4564" class="post-4564 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-news">

    Using these CSS classes you can then style this specific post, or all posts assigned the same category (or post format):

    .post {
    	/* Styles for all posts */
    .post-4564 {
    	/* Styles for only this post (ID number 4564) */
    .category-news {
    	/* Styles for all posts in the 'news' category  */
    .format-standard {
    	/* Styles for all posts assigned the post-format of 'standard'  */

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