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Hey everyone,

I've been working on a WordPress website and I'm having trouble passing a variable from page.php to header.php. I have a specific value that I retrieve in page.php and I need to use it in header.php to customize some elements.

In my page.php file, I have a variable called $my_variable that holds this specific value. Now, I want to pass this variable to header.php so that I can use it there.

I've tried using the global keyword in header.php to access the variable, but for some reason, it's not working for me. I also tried using the $_SESSION variable, but that didn't seem to give me the desired result either.

Could someone please guide me on how to correctly pass this variable from page.php to header.php? Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you in advance!

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User 1:

Hey there,

I've encountered a similar issue before and managed to solve it. To pass the variable from page.php to header.php, you can utilize WordPress's built-in functions called get_template_part() and add_filter(). Here's how I did it:

In your page.php file, instead of directly accessing the variable $my_variable, you can create a filter using the add_filter() function provided by WordPress. Let's say you want to pass the variable to a specific hook, "my_custom_header_variable". You can use the following code:

$my_variable = 'Hello, World!';

// Create a filter to pass my_variable to header.php
add_filter('my_custom_header_variable', function() use ($my_variable) {
return $my_variable;

// Load the header.php template

Now, in your header.php file, you can access this variable using the `apply_filters()` function and the unique hook you created. Here's an example of how you can do it:

// Retrieve the variable from page.php using the filter
$custom_variable = apply_filters('my_custom_header_variable', '');

// Now you can use $custom_variable wherever you want in the header.php file
echo $custom_variable;

By using this approach, you can pass the variable from page.php to header.php seamlessly. Make sure to use an appropriate hook name that reflects the purpose of your variable to avoid conflicts with existing hooks.

I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any further questions.


User 2:

Hi there!

I completely understand your situation, as I faced a similar problem in the past. I found an alternative approach that worked for me. Instead of relying on filters, I utilized global variables to pass the value from page.php to header.php. Here's how I did it:

In your page.php file, you can declare the variable as global and assign its value. For instance:

global $my_variable;
$my_variable = 'Hello, World!';

// Rest of your page.php code

Now that we've made $my_variable global, we can access it in the header.php file. Here's an example of how you can do this:

global $my_variable;

// Now you can use $my_variable wherever you want in the header.php file
echo $my_variable;

By making the variable global, it becomes accessible throughout your WordPress template files. This way, you can pass data between page.php and header.php easily.

Give it a try and let me know if it helps! If you have any further questions, feel free to ask.

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