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I don't understand why the code below is always displaying the same number of returned post = 5. When I change the $variable value to another post id of a post with an author with another author_id, I always get 5 returned posts, even if the authors have tens of posts. What am I doing wrong?

$variable=328;
$post = get_post($variable);

$author = get_userdata($post->post_author);

$args = array(
'author' => $author->id ); 

global $post;

$myposts = get_posts( $args );
$count= count($myposts);

echo '<pre dir="ltr">';
print_r($myposts);
echo '</pre>';

echo $count;

Your help is really apprecieted.

  • Have you tried examining the queries using the WP Debug Bar and Debug Bar Extender? This might shed some light on what's happening. Likely it's using the default # of posts which is defined in the backend under Settings > Reading. – Bendoh Jul 8 '13 at 13:48
  • Thank you for your quick feedback. I have the # of posts in backend set to 100. I dont have WP Debug Bar and Debug Bar Extender. those are WP plugins? – whiteletters in blankpapers Jul 8 '13 at 13:49
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get_posts() has some defaults set, including numberposts equal to 5. Since it's not considered to be a loop by itself those are independent and not affected by admin settings.

So simply pass in arguments numberposts/posts_per_page (same thing) number for how many posts you want or -1 for all matching posts.

  • I used WP_query before reading your answer, and it is working. thank you anyway for giving me this precious info Rarst. – whiteletters in blankpapers Jul 8 '13 at 16:16

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