Setting the head of a post using a delimiter in your doc

I’ve gotten a lot of requests from people using our Docs to WordPress plugin on how to set a headline that’s different from the title of your Doc, such as we do at the BDN using a pipe.

This isn’t a standard feature of the plugin, but the plugin does include a few filters to modify how posts are formatted. One of these filters is pre_docs_to_wp_insert, and it can be leveraged as such:

Plugin Name: Extend Docs to WP like so

add_filter( ‘pre_docs_to_wp_insert’, ‘bdn_split_post’ );
function bdn_split_post( $post_array = array() ) {

$exploded_fields = explode( ‘|’, $post_array[ ‘post_content’ ] );

//Sometimes people forget a pipe, and we don’t want to put the entire post in the headline
if( is_array( $exploded_fields ) && count( $exploded_fields ) >= 2 ) {

//Save the old title in case you want to do something with it
$old_title = $post_array[ ‘post_title’ ];

//Set the title to the first occurance.
$post_array[ ‘post_title’ ] = strip_tags( $exploded_fields[ 0 ] );

//Unset the title
unset( $exploded_fields[ 0 ] );

//Now restore the post content and save it
$post_array[ ‘post_content’ ] = implode( ‘|’, $exploded_fields );


return $post_array;


I haven’t tested it but the above code should do the trick.

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