WordPress function naming convention, what "get" and "the" mean in WordPress function names

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While WordPress has some inconsistencies in how it names things, some of the function names in WordPress can indicate what that function does.

"the" in a function name means that the function will work in "the" post loop. So, for example, "the_title" will output the title of the current post in the loop.

<?php the_title(); // will output the title ?>

"get" in the function name means that the function will return the value instead of outputting it. For example, "get_the_title" will return the title instead of outputting it.

<?php get_the_title(); // will not output the title ?>
<?php echo get_the_title(); //will output the title ?>

This naming convention is helpful to keep in mind when writing WordPress code snippets because it immediately indicates how a function will perform. And it might be a good idea to follow the same convention when naming your functions.

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