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Im using following code for getting most populer post with thumbnail.I have a custom post type taxonomy (Talks). Custom post types(video) have 6 category.

But my code not working. It just getting 1 post.But i have 10 post. How can i fix it?


$args = array(
    'post_type' => 'video',
    'showposts' => 10,
    'order' => 'DESC',
    'meta_key' => 'post_views_count',
    'orderby' => 'meta_value_num',

    'tax_query' => array(
            'taxonomy' => 'Talks',
            'field' => 'id',
            'terms' => array(
); // 
$loop = new WP_Query($args);
while ($loop->have_posts()):

                              <div class="box">
                               <a class="box-over" href="<?php
    if (($video_thumbnail = get_video_thumbnail()) != null) {
        echo "<img src='" . $video_thumbnail . "' class='videowisetalksthumb' width='150' height='108' />";

                               <p class="videotitle"><a href="<?php


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First of all, you probably want to order by DESC, since you want the most popular on top, but that's an aside. How is post_views_count populated? Do you have more than one post with the post_views_count postmeta set? Note that this query will ONLY get posts if that is set. – Matthew Boynes Mar 7 '13 at 20:57
'post_views_count' maybe not populated but i need most viewed post.This value is important for me. How can list most viewed posts? Do you have any idea? I said, my code just listing one post. Thank for answer @Matthew Boynes – Genxer Mar 7 '13 at 21:07
If you don't have a plugin currently populating the view count data, you'll need one: wordpress.org/extend/plugins/search.php?q=popular. Best of luck! – Matthew Boynes Mar 7 '13 at 21:11
I need do it without plugins. Thanks @Matthew Boynes – Genxer Mar 7 '13 at 21:29

If you can't use an existing plugin, then you could do something like this: Post views without plugin.

In the linked example, the author calls setPostViews() from single.php, but if you have a custom single template for your custom post type, then you'd add it there instead. This will increment your post view counts, which you can then query.

One last note: make sure to call wp_reset_postdata() after your display loop since you looped through a custom WP_Query. This is especially important if the code above is being rendered as a widget of some sort.

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Hello @Brian, I think I explained it wrong. I do not need just the number of views.If you reviewed my code, I have already listed just one post? but why? I'm looking for an answer to it. Thanks for all! – Genxer Mar 7 '13 at 22:14
There is a missing comma after 'order' => 'DESC' that would affect the $args passed to WP_Query. You might also verify that the terms specified in 'tax_query' are not inadvertently filtering your results -- try removing the 'tax_query' and seeing if that increases the number of results you get. – Brian Mar 7 '13 at 22:30
Hello Brian, I made ​​a mistake while editing code (a missing comma after 'order' => 'DESC') thanks, but still just one post listing ( 'tax_query' removed ). – Genxer Mar 7 '13 at 22:38
All I can guess is that there is only a single post that has a custom key of 'post_views_count', or that there is only a single post matching that 'post_type'. Try removing the 'meta_key' filter first, and if that doesn't work, remove 'post_type'...working your way back to super simple to see where the query is breaking down. – Brian Mar 7 '13 at 22:50
When i remove 'meta_key' it worked but listing recent post. – Genxer Mar 7 '13 at 22:57
up vote 0 down vote accepted

Brain helped me..

I have installed already WP-PostViews Plugin

I just changed following line on my code and it worked.

Thanks for all answers and suggestion.

'meta_key' => 'views'

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