get_page_by_title( string $page_title, string $output = OBJECT, string|array $post_type = ‘page’ ): WP_Post|array|null

This function has been deprecated. Use WP_Query instead.

Retrieves a page given its title.


If more than one post uses the same title, the post with the smallest ID will be returned.
Be careful: in case of more than one post having the same title, it will check the oldest publication date, not the smallest ID.

Because this function uses the MySQL ‘=’ comparison, $page_title will usually be matched as case-insensitive with default collation.


Page title.
The required return type. One of OBJECT, ARRAY_A, or ARRAY_N, which correspond to a WP_Post object, an associative array, or a numeric array, respectively.


Post type or array of post types. Default 'page'.



WP_Post|array|null WP_Post (or array) on success, or null on failure.


function get_page_by_title( $page_title, $output = OBJECT, $post_type = 'page' ) {
	_deprecated_function( __FUNCTION__, '6.2.0', 'WP_Query' );
	global $wpdb;

	if ( is_array( $post_type ) ) {
		$post_type           = esc_sql( $post_type );
		$post_type_in_string = "'" . implode( "','", $post_type ) . "'";
		$sql                 = $wpdb->prepare(
			FROM $wpdb->posts
			WHERE post_title = %s
			AND post_type IN ($post_type_in_string)",
	} else {
		$sql = $wpdb->prepare(
			FROM $wpdb->posts
			WHERE post_title = %s
			AND post_type = %s",

	$page = $wpdb->get_var( $sql );

	if ( $page ) {
		return get_post( $page, $output );

	return null;


6.2.0Use WP_Query.
3.0.0The $post_type parameter was added.

User Contributed Notes

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    Deprecated !!!

    Here’s the link to the deprecation info article:

    In a nutshell:

    Peter Wilson recommends the following alternative:

    $posts = get_posts(
            'post_type'              => 'page',
            'title'                  => 'Sample Page',
            'post_status'            => 'all',
            'numberposts'            => 1,
            'update_post_term_cache' => false,
            'update_post_meta_cache' => false,           
            'orderby'                => 'post_date ID',
            'order'                  => 'ASC',
    $page_got_by_title = null;
    if ( ! empty( $posts ) ) {
        $page_got_by_title = $posts[0];

    Or, alternatively, you can use the new WP_Query() method as well.

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    How To Find WordPress Page ID By Title Then Replace the_content()

    In this example, we find the page id of “Sample Page” then replace the page’s the_content() with “Hello World!”

    function my_content($content) {
    	$page = get_page_by_title( 'Sample Page' );
    	if ( is_page($page->ID) )
    		$content = "Hello World!";
    	return $content;
    add_filter('the_content', 'my_content');
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    How to Find WordPress Custom Post Type by Title

    This is useful for Custom Post Types. Below, we find the $post array of a Custom Post Type “link” with a title of “World Peace Now”:

    $mypost = get_page_by_title('World Peace Now', OBJECT, 'link');

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