The WordPress function the_content() is used to display the content of the current post or page. This function is commonly used within The Loop, which is a section of code that iterates through each post or page in the database and outputs its content.
the_content() function retrieves the main content for the post or page and displays it on the front-end of a WordPress site. It automatically applies certain filters such as to embed media files, convert line breaks into paragraphs, etc.
This function is very useful when building custom WordPress themes as it easily allows developers to output the main content of a post or page within the template file with one line of code.
Example usage code:
<?php if ( have_posts() ) : while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); the_content(); // displays the content of the current post or page endwhile; endif; ?>
In the above example, we have used the_content() function within The Loop to display the content of the current post or page. This code is often used in the single.php file of WordPress themes to display the content of a single post.