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I want to have the ability to use pictures from the media library in a jquery slider on the home page so that it's easy for someone else to update the pictures without having to hardcode it. I have attached a bunch of photos to a post and tried this

$image_query = new WP_Query(array('name'=>'slider-images'));
while ( $image_query->have_posts() ) : $image_query->the_post();
    $args = array( 'post_type' => 'attachment', 'numberposts' => -1, 'post_status' => null, 'post_parent' => $post->ID ); 
    $attachments = get_posts($args);
    if ($attachments) {
        foreach ( $attachments as $attachment ) {
            echo '<li>';
            echo '<img src="'.wp_get_attachment_url($attachment->ID).'" />';
            echo '</li>';

but it doesn't display anything. Is there something wrong with my code or is there an easier/better way to group images together rather than put them in a post?

EDIT: If I use the_content() in my $image_query loop it outputs the images like

    <a href="...">
        <img src="..." />

but what I need is something like

    <a href="...">
        <img src="..." />
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What does the source code show for wp_get_attachment_url – Wyck Aug 9 '12 at 20:08
@Wyck the source code doesn't show the li or img tags. If I var_dump($attachments) it's an array with 0 elements – Devin Crossman Aug 9 '12 at 20:17
Did you actually upload images to post with an id of 36? – Wyck Aug 9 '12 at 20:31
yes I did. I have edited the query to use the slug name of the post instead. I know the query works because the_content() outputs the images. – Devin Crossman Aug 10 '12 at 0:57
up vote 4 down vote accepted

It's better to use get_children than get_posts. Here is a quick example that will work. This is in the form of a function that is defined in your plugin or in functions.php then use the function as a template tag.

     * Gets all images attached to a post
     * @return string
    function wpse_get_images() {
        global $post;
        $id = intval( $post->ID );
        $size = 'medium';
        $attachments = get_children( array(
                'post_parent' => $id,
                'post_status' => 'inherit',
                'post_type' => 'attachment',
                'post_mime_type' => 'image',
                'order' => 'ASC',
                'orderby' => 'menu_order'
            ) );
        if ( empty( $attachments ) )
                    return '';

        $output = "\n";
     * Loop through each attachment
    foreach ( $attachments as $id  => $attachment ) :

        $title = esc_html( $attachment->post_title, 1 );
        $img = wp_get_attachment_image_src( $id, $size );

        $output .= '<a class="selector thumb" href="' . esc_url( wp_get_attachment_url( $id ) ) . '" title="' . esc_attr( $title ) . '">';
        $output .= '<img class="aligncenter" src="' . esc_url( $img[0] ) . '" alt="' . esc_attr( $title ) . '" title="' . esc_attr( $title ) . '" />';
        $output .= '</a>';


        return $output;
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do I call this function in my $image_query loop? I tried that but it just outputs an empty string – Devin Crossman Aug 9 '12 at 20:13
If it outputs an empty string then no attachments are being found. Its meant to be called in within any loop that is returning the $post. – Chris_O Aug 9 '12 at 21:17

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