The core of the WordPress query, the loop offers an easy way to access post information and display it on your website.

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How to show Y number of custom posts after every X normal posts?

I have a loop within a loop. I figured out how to show all or X number of custom posts after Y number of normal posts. I also figured out how to show 1 custom post after every Y normal posts. How do I ...
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Do I need to use The Loop on pages?

I'm writing my first WordPress theme and have a question about the use of The Loop in page templates. The page templates I've looked at all follow basically the same pattern (example from Twenty ...
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Why doesn't /2013/01/ properly return January's archives in archive.php?

I've figured out how to implement pagination into WordPress archives, etc.., but the content isn't being returned correctly. Instead of /2013/01/ returning January 2013's archives, it instead returns ...
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Are there any scenarios where the query_posts may be used?

I feel there is a red button saying "Do not press" below query_posts(). For some time I am trying to demystify this phenomena with very low success to be honest. For example, probable the main ...
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Modify main WordPress loop with a parse_query filter

I am trying to modify the main WordPress loop on my category pages like so: add_filter('parse_query', 'my_modified_query'); function my_modified_query( $q ) { if (!is_admin() && ...
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How to return loop contents

At times, I need to return the output of a loop (usually with WP_Query like in this example) for use in a shortcode or with a filter on the_content. The following code that uses object buffering ...
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How-to exclude terms from the main query the most performant way?

This Q is a follow up to this answer on the Q: "How to exclude a specific term for the search?". 4 ways to filter out posts that have a specific term Type | Pro | ...
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Pagination with WP_Query is buggy - working for some pages, but not the others

I'm having a very peculiar bug with pagination :( I'm trying to display 4 posts per page for a category with slug "lastest-news". The pagination function seems to work correctly. There are 33 posts. ...
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Display Authors Comments on Profile Page

I am trying to display authors comments on their profile page (author.php), however both codes I tried seem to display everyone's comments. Also the second code is suppose to link to the specific ...
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How to get order of posts?

How can I get the order through which the query is done? For example, my woocommerce product archive page is querying by ordering according to the order_by select box (as seen below). How can I get ...
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Get 10 posts from a WP_Query. If less than 10, get the remainder from elsewhere

I'm trying to create a related posts WP_Query. So far, I've to created a custom WP_Query that queries all posts that match an array of tags. However, I'm trying to create a simple if statement: if ...
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How to add author details in the post sidebar?

I would like to add author details in the sidebar instead of bottom of the post? Can anyone tell me how to do that? As of now i'm using like this in the loop <?php $curauthor = ...
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Custom Post Type Archive Page: Set Posts Per Page, Paginate

I have a custom post type called video. Would like to paginate its archive page, showing only 3 posts on each page. There is also a custom loop on the archive page that outputs all the video posts (...
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Executing Queries in tag.php

I'm probably being dense, but I can't seem to figure out what the issue here is. The site I'm developing uses a custom loop, with a query that excludes any posts ticked as archived. The reason I ...
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Display several random posts, but make sure a condition is met

I have a custom post type for a group of people (employees). At first, I needed to display 7 random employees. That was easy <?php $args = array( 'post_type' => 'employees', ...
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How can I save an array from a random post sequence for later use?

I'm building a random workout generator on Wordpress to help with my fitness, and am stuck at saving random post arrays for later reference. I'll explain. The generator should work in two main ...
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Avoiding using a loop to access a single post

Sometimes I want to access one particular CPT to extract something from it, for example a custom field value: $group = new WP_Query( array( 'post_type' => 'group', 'p' => $group_id ) );...
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Get post by page name or slug

I know this is very avant-garde, but bear with me. I've read that one is able to query a page by the page/post name or slug. I'm trying to do this because I need information from a page with a similar ...
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Apply styling only to first page sticky posts

I'm using the following bit of code to highlight sticky posts: <?php if (is_sticky()) : ?> <div class="col-md-12 box-01"> <div class="content"> <?php endif; ?> The ...
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How to place a loop within another loop?

I have two loops setup using WP_Query: $latest and $popular that I'm working to setup in this example layout: Latest                        ...
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save_post + insert_post = infinite loop

I'm trying to automatically create a new post when a post containing a certain custom field is saved - hooking an insert_post function into save_post. This generates an infinite loop. I found some ...
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How do you get the count of posts in an archive page?

I have a custom posts archive page of the type archive-my_custom_post_type.php and I am using the "standard" loop which consists of the ever-so famous <?php if(have_posts()) : ?> <?php ...
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Category as Class for Custom Post Type

I've only just realised that custom post types don't appear to output the category as a class in the loop, via post_class and I wonder if anyone can suggest a work around. Is this something that ...
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Rearranging posts based on categories

Hey everyone on Stackexchange! 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 ...
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Build a content and excerpt grid loop with paging and options for # of posts

What I'd like to do: on index.php, a loop that shows a selectable number of full posts using the_content and then below that shows a selectable number (the number of posts can be hardcoded in the ...
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How to show list of posts by author and category?

Let three categories and their IDs: cat1 = 1 (parent) cat2 = 2 (child of cat1, parent of cat3) cat3 = 3 (child of cat2) Let each category has 3 posts, they are: post1, post2, post3. And each posts ...
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WP_Query not looking at child category

Hi all I have a loop that shows a post on a single page and puts the first category name in the variable $cat: $cat = $category[0]->cat_name;?> Now after the post I have a link to show ...
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Loop.php vs looping inside template file

What is best practice for WP with regard to using loop.php (loop-single.php, etc) versus looping inside the template file? Does it matter with regard to efficiency or ?
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Randomise results from a category page?

I have my standard category page. On this page, I'd like to put a button which, when clicked, randomises the results shown on the category page. I know I could make a rand-category.php page and send ...
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Unit testing to simulate the loop

How do you construct unit tests with PHPUnit and the WordPress test framework that simulate being in the loop? For instance, if I want to test a function that is only able to be called in the loop ...
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Can i merge 2 new WP_Query($variable) 's?

I am running a multisite network and i have setup a sql query that uses swith_to_blog(); and queries the posts. Is there a way that i can declare the query inside a new WP_Query and actually merge ...
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Get post count of current loop when using multiple queries on one page

I'm trying to get a count of the current posts inside of a loop. I'm using multiple loops on one page in my theme. So far I have: $my_post_count = $wp_query->post_count; But when I print $...
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Display all posts in category, with specific tag posts at top

Rephrase question I need to order posts inside the loop for my category car. What I need, if I visit the category page of car, I need all posts tagged BMW to display first, and then the other posts ...
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Get date of last update outside of loop

I'm trying to figure out how to display the date that a post was last updated outside of the loop. I'm able to display the published date using get_the_time() but there doesn't seem to be a "loopless" ...
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Is `query_posts` really slower than secondary query?

I know the main query is fast, since it gets data after parsing the URL and after WP_Query has been instantiated. We are in OO PHP. But is query_posts really slower than some secondary query that ...
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Override the default number of posts to show for a single loop?

Is is possible to override the set # of blog posts to show per page (as defined under Reading Settings in the WordPress admin)? I want to make it so a custom loop that I am using will show an ...
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How would I go about listing only unattached media in say a sidebar?

I have a client who uses PDF files for their newsletter, I don't think that this is a good idea personally, but it's not negotiable. They have a news page where they put real time news and they'd like ...
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How can I create an alternative home page?

I'm working on a site which has a fully customized front page. Now I'm asked to add a more classic looking blog type page which will be reacheable at http://domain/blog. I tried creating a custom (...
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the_content and wp_link_pages

Many plugins seem to be adding a filter/action hook to the_content to display related posts, advertisements and such. The problem is I these appear before the post pagination so it the pagination is ...
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Have different number of posts on first page

I need to have a different amount of posts per page on the first page that on the other pages. For example, this is what I need Total posts: 6 First page: showing 3 posts Following page: showing 2 ...
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Using the Loop to show all levels of subpages under a parent page? Halfway there

I have a need to make the Loop run through all of the children of a parent, all of the children of each child, etc. The reason I need the Loop instead of a listing tag like wp_list_pages is so that I ...
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How can i display the content in plaintext

i want to display my excerpt in plaintext. How can i do this? This is my Snippet where i display the content: <?php the_content(__( 'Weiterlesen &rsaquo;','okay')); ?> How i change the ...
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How can I custom order the results from wp_list_categories?

I am using wp_list_categories to return (you guessed it) a list of categories within a custom taxonomy. The orderby parameter accepts sorting by ID, name, slug, count, and term_group. Is there a way ...
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How do I reorder (pop and push) items from WP_Query?

I have this piece of code: $normal_args = array( 'order' => 'desc', 'ignore_sticky_posts' => 1, 'meta_query' => array( array( 'key' ...
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Display posts the match taxonomy term linked from wp_list_categoies?

This should be simple, but it escapes me. I have a custom post type and a custom taxonomy. The taxonomy is named "asset_type" and the slug is "type" I am using wp_list_categories to provide a ...
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How to display the_post_thumbnail if a post has one or otherwise display the first image in a post?

I would like to create a condition that checks to see if a post has a thumbail and if it does display it, otherwise display the first image in a post. I tried something like this in my loop.php but ...
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Identify which loop you are hooking into; primary or secondary?

What is the most efficient way to determine which loop I'm in? I have a few plugins that alter the query by hooking into various parts of WP_Query::get_posts(), through the usual suspects, ie ...
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In loop: posts have thumbnail AND other variables

I am looking to display posts that meet certain requirements. First and foremost, the idea is to show visitors the most viewed posts. I implemented that with some help. So, I got that working with the ...
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Single Page Wordpress Theme - Using page templates

Well I am lost, its late and I have been searching google all night. Heres the problem I am running into. I am trying to create a singe page website using wordpress "pages". How I have initially setup ...
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rewind_posts() - what actually the use of it, and where using is required or preferred?

The incomplete Codex about this, says very simply: rewind_posts(): Rewind the loop posts. As per this WPSE thread, with Eugene Manuilov's answer, I got: <?php // fetch first post from the ...