Return Top Parent ID of Page/Post

February 19, 2014 in Snippets

When you work with pages (or posts), sometimes you want to find a top parent ID of a current page or post. This can be useful, for example, if you want to show sub navigation in sidebar.

function top_parent(){
    global $post;
    if ($post->post_parent) {
        $ancestors = get_post_ancestors( $post->ID );
        $post_parent_id = array_pop( $ancestors );
        return $post_parent_id;
        return $post->ID;