the_post without a loop will only let you display a single post. This could be desirable on single-post pages, for example, where the
while loop is often omitted:
No post found.
#2: You're correct ‚ÄĒ the snippet you posted is redundant in its combination of
In most themes, however, this is the usage:
No posts found.
The use of the
if statement in this case allows you to display something if there are no posts at all. If we were to just use the
while loop in that code, pages without any posts would output nothing.