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Got a little problem hopefully I can get some help. I noticed that after I added a "sort post by" code to my index my navigation broke. If you click on page two you still get the contents of page one. I did a little digging and found the problem, only thing is I not sure how to fix it. Here is the loop from my index page. Now I need to exclude a selected category from the main loop, that's the first part. The second part is if I add $orderby to the query_posts string (second to the last line) then the navigation breaks. If I remove it then it works. I tried to have to query_posts strings, but that didn't work out. Anyway to make this work or do I have to give up one for the other?

    $featcat = get_option($shortname.'_featured_category');      
    $category_id = get_cat_ID($featcat);
$paged = (get_query_var('paged'))?get_query_var('paged'):1;
$q = array();
$q['category__not_in'] = array($category_id);
$q['paged'] = $paged;
if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
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The problem is $q is and array and $orderby is a string. So $q.$orderby doesn't make sense. (Untested) but remove $orderby and try


(The orderby key can have any value given in this list in the Codex.). Also, it would be neater to use this syntax:

$q = array(
    'category__not_in'=> array($category_id),
    'paged' => $paged,


If you you are trying to make this compatible with the WP-PostRatings plug-in, instead of using the query string&r_sortby=highest_rated&r_orderby=desc, you can put it in array format:

$q = array(
    'category__not_in'=> array($category_id),
    'paged' => $paged,
    'meta_key' => 'highest_rated',
    'orderby'=>'meta value',

*Note, I've not tested this nor checked the plug-in', but 'highest_rated' should be the meta key of the post's rating. See the Codex for more details.*

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Thanks for the cleaned up code, but I need to have two query_post in the loop. One for the $q and then one for $orderby. I have a function that the post get sorted after a user selects to order them by "top rated", "Most viewed" and "Latest". That was the reason I was using $q.$orderby. – Kurt Bunch Mar 13 '12 at 22:28
Then whatever that $orderby is you pass it to $q['orderby']. – Stephen Harris Mar 13 '12 at 22:42
Still no luck. It needs to have that query_post($orderby) to work. – Kurt Bunch Mar 14 '12 at 4:28
I can't see why. Can you give an example of a value for $orderby? – Stephen Harris Mar 14 '12 at 9:22
This is part of the code from the order function. case 'rated' : $orderby = '&r_sortby=highest_rated&r_orderby=desc'; – Kurt Bunch Mar 15 '12 at 5:07

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