"wp-query" ambiguously refers to one of two things. 1) WP_Query is a class native to Wordpress which allows users to query the posts database using a number of criteria. 2) $wp_query is the default object that holds the main query object on each WordPress page.

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When should you use WP_Query vs query_posts() vs get_posts()?

It seems like half the tutorials in the Codex and around the blogosphere use query_posts() and half use WP_Query. What's the deal?
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When to use WP_query(), query_posts() and pre_get_posts

I read @nacin's You don't know Query yesterday and was sent down a bit of a querying rabbit hole. Before yesterday, I was (wrongly) using query_posts() for all my querying needs. Now I'm a little bit ...
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Some doubts about how the main query and the custom query works in this custom theme?

I am pretty new in WordPress theme development and I'm not so into PHP (I came from Java and C#) and have the following situation in this custom theme As you can see in the homepage I first show a ...
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Using wp_query is it possible to orderby taxonomy?

My question is simple, I'm using WP_Query to retrieve some custom type posts filtering by a taxonomy using tax_query. Now my problem is I would like to orderby the taxonomy, but from documentation ...
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Get all categories and posts in those categories

I am looking for a solution that allows me to print the following: Cat 1 Cat 2 Cat 3 Post 1 Post 1 Post 1 Post 2 Post 2 Post 2 Post 3 Post ...
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Pagination returns 404 after page 20

I got a paged loop that pulls in 4 posts per page from custom post type. It works great, with the only downside that the pagination wont go over the page/20 everything after that is 404, and the ...
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Should we trust the post globals?

@toscho left a comment to this answer which had me thinking again. How much trust should we have in the global scope, specially regarding the post globals like $post? So what? The global variable ...
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meta_query with meta values as serialize arrays

I'm working on a project in which I'm creating a custom post type and custom data entered via meta boxes associated with my custom post type. For whatever reason I decided to code the meta boxes in ...
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The next_posts_link() works only with original $wp_query

I've got custom template that I want to display paged blog posts. This is the beginning of my file: $wp_query = new WP_Query($args); if($wp_query->have_posts()){ while($wp_query->...
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Combining queries with different arguments per post type

I am building a section on a site where I am merging two different post types into one loop, and then displaying them randomly. The problem is, I'm having a hard time finding a way to limit the amount ...
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Escaping WP_Query tax_query when term has special character(s)

Here's my issue. I have a custom post type that I'm attaching a custom taxonomy to. This taxonomy will allow the admin to provide search suggestions that will ensure the post is found when a user ...
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Custom Taxonomy WP_Query for All Terms in a Taxonomy?

Is there an easy way to query for any posts that is tagged with any term from a particular taxonomy? I know this technique: $custom_taxonomy_query = new WP_Query( array( 'taxonomy_name' => '...
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How to paginate attachments in a secondary query as gallery?

I have this code that shows all images attached to my post-type. Is there a way to paginate those? I have like 25 pics and I wan't to avoid scroll as much as I can. Code: <div class="galleries ...
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Passing and retrieving query vars in wordpress

I have two authors pages, one displays about 5 posts. Then I'm trying to setup another page that will be all of their posts. I have created a template called moreauthorposts.php and I'm trying to ...
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Using pre_get_posts with WP_Query

I was reading Stephen Harris's excellent answer to this question regarding the use of WP_query(), query_posts() and pre_get_posts. He says "pre_get_posts is a filter, for altering any query. It is ...
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How to use a custom post type archive as front page?

I'd like to use a custom post type archive as a site's front page, so that http://the_site.com/ is a custom post type archive displayed according to my archive-{post-type}.php file. Ideally I ...
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How to store and receive variables in WP sessions?

I have a form with some checkboxes and inputboxes selectboxes and it shows what the user wants via an ajax call. The problem is that when the user click on the item and the detail page is shown and ...
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Custom query with category exclusion and post-meta “whitelist”

I have two widgets, one shows News while the other shows everything except News (We'll call the second one Blog). The blog portion is currently working correctly. The News posts are either ...
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WP_QUERY Get posts by category and similar name (Like)

I have a small problem with WP_Query. I want to get the posts filtered by category and with similar project name (like query), so I'm trying this code: $args=array( 'post_type' => 'post', '...
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Can I specify post__in for one particular post type in the query?

I want to do something like this $query_args = array( 'post_type' => array( 'cpt_1', 'cpt_2' ), 'post__in' => array( 1, 3, 5, 7 ) ); where I can specify which post type the post__in ...
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WP_Query pulling an extra post per page

I'm querying to get a list of all posts, 20 posts_per_page, but the result shows all posts, but with 21 posts per page. If I change posts_per_page to 19, then 20 show. One post is sticky and shows up ...
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Show only oldest post by author

I am working with a heavily customized install of WP. I've set up a specific post type, taxonomy, and roles that gets to use just that post type. Ideally, I'd like to restrict members of that role ...
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$GLOBALS['wp_the_query'] vs global $wp_query

What is the difference between $GLOBALS['wp_the_query'] and global $wp_query? Why prefer one over the other?
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2 orderby in wp_query with 2 custom fields

I'm triyng to display hotels (taxonomy which i have created) by two 'orderby' with wp_query but i'm not success. Results looks likes: Hotel 1 : 2 persons 5 stars Hotel 2 : 2 ...
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Multiple WP_Query loops with Pagination

There are a few other questions about this (and WP_Query pagination seems to be a huge question for a lot of people) so I'm trying to narrow down exactly how to make it function. I'm able to create a ...
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Dynamically link to the latest post or simulate request of specific post in page template

I want to have a link in the wordpress menu pointing to the latest post of a specific category. Because I am not able put a dynamic URL in the wordpress menu, my approach was to put a page with a ...
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How to paginate wordpress [gallery] shortcode?

I am using wordpress gallery shortcode [gallery] I was wondering if there is anyway to paginate them without using a plugin.
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WP_Query - Order results by meta value

I've checked around and haven't seen an answer which works as of yet. I have a WP_Query with the following arguements: $args = array( 'post_status' => 'publish', 'post_type' => 'listing'...
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How to order custom post type by multiple custom fields?

How to display posts with 'Event' custom type ordered by 'Start_Hour' and then by 'Start_Minute'? 'Start_Hour' and 'Start_Minute' are numeric custom fields. I tried this, but it doesn't work: $args ...
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Related posts by author pagination not working on the production site

The code that I'm using has adapted from this example and successfully tested on my localhost but when I pass the site to a live server, the pagination crashes with wordpress permalinks set (/% ...
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WP_Query and name__in

Is it possible to have something like name__in array() for WP_Query? I am trying to get a list of custom posts from an array of the post's slugs. Looking at the codex, there doesn't seem to be a way....
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How to get posts from two categories with WP_Query?

I'm using WP_Query to create 'latest posts' & 'popular posts' sections on my home page. I'm trying to just pull 5 posts from 2 categories (9 & 11) but it will only show posts from cat 9. Here'...
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Meta_query compare operator explanation

I noticed that there are bunch of operator can be use for compare in meta_query. However, I am not quite sure what operator I should use, it is somehow confusing like = and LIKE operator. I would ...
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WP_Query with “post_title LIKE 'something%'”?

I need to do a WP_Query with a LIKE on the post_title. I started with this regular WP_Query: $wp_query = new WP_Query( array ( 'post_type' => 'wp_exposants', '...
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Display all posts in a custom post type, grouped by a custom taxonomy

I’m working on a member page where I use a custom post type with a custom taxonomy. My custom post type is called “member” and my custom taxonomy is called “member_groups”. I want to list all the ...
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WP_Query and next_posts_link

I cannot figure out how to make next_posts_link() work within my custom WP_Query. Here is the function: function artists() { echo '<div id="artists">'; $args = array( 'post_type' => '...
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How to merge two queries together

I am trying to order the posts in a category by showing the posts with images first and then posts without images last. I have managed to do that by running two queries and now I want to merge the two ...
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How can I show posts only if meta_value is not empty

Three people have already tried to solve this, and we're coming up nil. I want to show only posts that have a value in the meta_key 'featured_image'. So... if 'featured_image' is not empty, show the ...
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query_post by title?

is it possible to create a loop of posts using WP_Query or query_posts using the title? ie $args = array('post_title'='LIKE '.$str.'% '); $res = WP_Query($arg); // the loop... // trying this now....
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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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“pre_get_posts” firing on every query

How can I change arguments for the main query only, and not affect other queries? add_filter('pre_get_posts', 'custom_post_count'); function custom_post_count($query){ $query->set('...
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Multiple orderby parameters in pre_get_posts() action

Referencing @Otto's response to a question I also had about ordering by multiple fields, here is what he said: Can't do it with a naive WP_Query. Use the posts_orderby filter to add your own ...
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How to get Page/Post Gallery attachment images in order they are set in backend using WP_Query()?

I am trying to retrieve all the images from the Gallery of a page in the order they are set in the backend. So far I have: $my_wp_query = new WP_Query(); $all_wp_pages = $my_wp_query->query( ...
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Combine two taxonomies in a hierarchical tree

For example, I have WooCommerce products that have taxonomies: brand (e.g. Converse, adidas, D&G) (taxonomy id: product_brand) category (e.g. Boots, Sneakers, Sandals, Heels) (taxonomy id: ...
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get images attached to post

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 ...
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How to sort CPT by custom meta value (date), and return posts month by month

For future reference: I am using the great Meta Box Plugin to help expedite meta box creation for my custom post types. My goal: To build a highly customizable events section closely resembling a ...
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How do I exclude a custom taxonomy from the post loop

Is there a simple or easy way to exclude all posts from a custom taxonomy in the loop? I've been looking high and low, and neither SE, SO or Google seem to have a straight answer. I know it can be ...
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Combining two wordpress queries with pagination is not working

I am trying to combine two WordPress queries but it's not working as well as pagination. I want to display today's all posts sorted by comment count and after that I want to display all posts (...
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Sorting: custom query with orderby meta_value_num THEN by title

i try to run a custom post type query to match following criteria: sort movies first by year in descending order, after that ("inside" the year order) by title alphabetically. desired output: ...
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Loop within a loop?

I'm using a couple of custom wp_query loops on my page, the first one retrieves news from a certain category then displays a small excerpt from it with the permalink. The second one is another ...