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I have following query to select posts by my custom post-type. This works fine while being on the frontpage (the snippet is included in the sidebar). As soon it gets executed on a category page the post_type attribute is ignored and posts of the type "post" are returned. I guess this has to do with multiple loops but I have also tried to call wp_reset_postdata(); and wp_reset_query(); before and after.

$customPosts = new WP_Query( array( 
    'post_type' => 'mycustomtype', 
    'posts_per_page' => 12, 
    'orderby' => 'date', 
    'order' => 'DESC', 
    'post_status' => 'publish'

while ( $customPosts->have_posts() ) : $customPosts->the_post(); 
    $thumbnailUrl = wp_get_attachment_image_src( get_post_thumbnail_id($post->ID), "thumbnail");
    if ( !empty($thumbnailUrl)) {
      /* echo result */ 
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There's no reason to use wp_reset_query when you're using a new WP_Query object. –  Brian Fegter Oct 29 '12 at 23:16
Was just trying to get closer to a solution/workaround. Of course I was also trying without that statement. Removed them from the example to avoid confusion. –  david Oct 29 '12 at 23:59
Obviously it works when using a direct DB query such as "$wpdb->get_results ...". Would prefer a standard WP-Tag solution though. –  david Nov 2 '12 at 11:10
I copy/paste your code into the category.php file of a wordpress instance where I have a custom post enabled, it's working perfectly. –  Simon Dec 26 '12 at 20:12
This code should work fine. There are 2 reasons it could not work: 1. You have some typo in post type name. 2. There is some filter that is changing query (pre_get_posts, posts_where, etc.) Could you print_r $customPosts just before while and show me its content? –  Krzysiek Dróżdż Jun 29 '13 at 21:48

1 Answer 1

Have you tried using get_posts() instead?

 //#get access to post settings
    global $post;
    //#set parameters for extra loop
    $args = array(
    'post_type' => 'mycustomtype', 
    'posts_per_page' => 12, 
    'orderby' => 'date', 
    'order' => 'DESC', 
    'post_status' => 'publish'
    //#get posts 
    $customPosts = get_posts($args);
    //#loop through them
    foreach($customPosts as $post)
        //#set all the loop functions to use data from this post
        //#do what you want with the post
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Please explain why that would solve the issue. –  toscho Oct 30 '12 at 12:43
This was indeed used in the first implementation but as toscho outlined it's not working as get_posts makes also use of WP_Query. So internally it should be the same. But thanks for trying to help! –  david Oct 30 '12 at 12:49
Sorry, quite new to this and did not get notified of these comments. I just posted the get_posts approach as that is the one I tend to use and it has always worked out for me. There are a few approaches to multiple loops in WP and while in theory they tend to come down to WP_Query internally, the results can be odd and differ depending on what else you have going on in the template. –  Tidy Nov 1 '12 at 16:34
Here's an good explanation when to use which type of query: wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/1753/… –  david Nov 2 '12 at 11:07
Thanks for that handy link David –  Tidy Nov 2 '12 at 15:12

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