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I'm trying to find a way to prioritize posts based on a category in a loop, which is sorted by dates. All posts are grouped under their respective dates. The date labels appear once on top of posts of the same date like this:

Date

  • Post1
  • Post2
  • Post3

Date before that

  • Post 4
  • Post 5

etc

I'm trying to achieve a result, where if a post belongs to a certain predetermined category (I would only be using 1 category), it would be moved above others under a date as such:

Date

  • Post3 (special category)
  • Post1
  • Post2

Date before that

  • etc

I've done research for a while on this topic and I can't figure out whether this would even be possible or not. Some query functions seem to serve a similar purpose, but I'm not certain and the date sorting makes it harder to figure out. Would I need multiple loops or something of that nature?

My loop: http://pastebin.com/Pp0rA5j7

The loop and the sorting mechanism look like this in general (pastebin for a full code):

<?php $w_h = $w_d = $last = 0; ?>

<?php if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>

    <?php
    if ( date('Yz') == get_the_time('Yz') ) {
        if (!$w_d++) echo '<h6>Today</h6>';
    } elseif ( date('Yz')-1 == get_the_time('Yz') ) {
        if (!$w_h++) echo '<h6>Yesterday</h6>';
    } else {
        echo the_date('', '<h3>', '</h3>');
    }; ?>

// post content

    <?php endwhile; ?>
    <?php endif; ?>
                     <?php else : ?>

Sample site: http://goldenred.web44.net (I would like to move the post test 6 with the category "test" above others under February 3, 2013)

I would be extremely thankful if anyone more experienced could help or at least point me towards a general direction. All comments are welcome.

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2 Answers 2

Alright I looked up WP_Query options and I started figuring if it would be easier to abolish the current date sorting system for a more efficient one that would be more flexible in terms of customization? Personally, I'm all for out of the box solutions and I'm not attached to the code I have in my index. The main goal would be to only achieve the described functionality - posts grouped by dates, and prioritizing (2 levels) within groups. Everything else could change by me. This feature isn't for a client or anything, it's for my personal website. I really need that functionality. Anyway, enough rambling, here's the code I found:

$args = array('posts_per_page' => -1, 'orderby' => 'date' );

$myQuery = new WP_Query($args);

$date = '';

if ( $myQuery->have_posts() ) : while ( $myQuery->have_posts() ) : $myQuery->the_post();

if ( $date != get_the_date() ) {
    echo $date;
    echo '<hr />';
    $date = get_the_date();
}

the_title(); // or whatever you want here.
echo '<br />';

endwhile; endif;
wp_reset_postdata();

Would something like this be a better base for what I described?

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May be it's a bad idea, but it's the only.

Don't print posts immediately, but collect them in different variables: one for category "test", one for the rest.

<?php
$w_h = $w_d = $last = 0;
// init variables to concatenate content later
$primary_posts = $secondary_posts = '';
// empty array to fill later
$category_names = array();
if (have_posts()) :
    while (have_posts()) :
        the_post();
        if ( date('Yz') == get_the_time('Yz') ) {
            if (!$w_d++) echo '<h6>Today</h6>';
        } elseif ( date('Yz')-1 == get_the_time('Yz') ) {
            if (!$w_h++) echo '<h6>Yesterday</h6>';
        } else {
            echo the_date('', '<h3>', '</h3>');
        };
        // get post categories
        $category_objects = get_the_category();
        foreach($category_objects as $category_object) {
            $category_names[] = $category_object->name;
        }
        // if posts belongs to category 'test'
        if( in_array('test', $category_names) ) {
            $primary_posts .= '<div class="post">Post of category "test"';
            // title, categories and excerpt goes here
            $primary_posts .= '</div><!-- .post -->';
        }
        else {
            $secondary_posts .= '<div class="post">Post of category other than "test"';
             // title, categories and excerpt goes here
            $secondary_posts .= '</div><!-- .post -->';
       }

    endwhile;
    // output all posts of category "test"
    echo $primary_posts;
    // output all posts of category other than "test"
    echo $secondary_posts;
endif;
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Thanks a ton for your contribution. I tried implementing the code, but ran into a couple of problems. I got it to display error-free, but the posts don't show up (example is in the link in my original post). I'm sure I overlooked something. My current bugged implementation looks like this: pastebin.com/7jF6Cauw I think the main problems might be with the spot where I inserted my posts into the code (currently only the title) and I think I might have to insert the category "test" instead of "name" at one point, but I'm not sure. I would be glad if you could help. –  user27104 Feb 7 '13 at 15:56
    
Today I see it was an embarrassing idea. My suggestion now is to go with custom meta fields for high priority posts ('test' directory) and WP_Query. –  Max Yudin Feb 7 '13 at 20:51
    
Ugh. I guess this is really difficult as I expected. I will take note of your suggestions. Thanks for contributing anyway. Hopefully someone more knowledgeable can chime in on this. All suggestions or comments are welcome. –  user27104 Feb 8 '13 at 6:54

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