Display the Last WordPress Query in 60 Seconds

If you're working on a project that's built on WordPress, then you may find yourself in a situation where displaying the most recently executed query is useful. This is especially true if you're working on a large project with a team, or if you've inherited a large codebase from someone else, or if you're needing to debug the performance of a given template.

In the following video, you will see how to write a custom function that hooks into the WordPress lifecycle to display the WordPress query that was run most recently.


This particular function can be wrapped in a conditional that evaluates the presence and value of a query string variable to determine if the query should be displayed or not. This is helpful in debugging code in a staging environment.

Rendering the Query

If you're using a theme and the result of the query doesn't display correctly, then using a small snippet of CSS such as the one below may help:

You may need to tweak these styles based on the theme that you're using, but this should be a good starting point.

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