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How To Get the First Link in a Post

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Are you looking for a way to get the first link in a post? This snippet will get the URL in the post meta (if it exists) or the first link found in the post content. As a fallback, it will get the post permalink if no URL is found in the post, which can be useful for the “link” post format.

Instructions:

  1. Add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin.
  2. Call the function in The Loop within a template file when you need to get the first link in the post.
function get_link_url() {
    $content = get_the_content();
    $has_url = get_url_in_content( $content );

    return ( $has_url ) ? $has_url : apply_filters( 'the_permalink', get_permalink() );
}

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