I'm working on a solution to filter a custom post type by multiple terms in multiple taxonomies.

Here is my code:

<?php $term = "peoria,adams"; ?>

<div id="primary" class="content-area">
    <div id="content" class="site-content" role="main">

        <?php $term = explode(',', $term); ?>

        <?php $term_count = count($term); 
        $array_term = $term[0];

            $i = 1;
            while ($i < $term_count) {
                $array_term = "'" . $array_term . "', '" . $term[$i] . "'";

        <?php echo $term = "array( ". $array_term . " )"; ?>

        <?php //echo $array_term; ?>

            $args = array(
                'post_type' => 'property',
                'tax_query' => array(
                    'relation' => 'OR',
                        'taxonomy' => 'Status',
                        'field' => 'slug',
                        'terms' => array( 'Locked' )
                        'taxonomy' => 'County',
                        'field' => 'slug',
                        'terms' =>  $term
            $loop = new WP_Query( $args );
            while ( $loop->have_posts() ) : $loop->the_post();
                echo '<div class="entry-content">';
                echo get_the_post_thumbnail();
                echo '</div>';

I echo $term and it display what it should display but it does not work when I call it in 'terms' => $term it does not work but it will work if I replace it with array( 'peoria', 'adams' ) it works.

I have a suspicion I'm doing something stupid but I'm just missing it. Can someone give me a hand?

Thanks in advance!

1 Answer 1


It looks like the problem is here:

'terms' =>  $term

where in your case it's like:

'terms' =>  "array( 'peoria', 'adams' )"

but it should be like

'terms' =>  array( 'peoria', 'adams' )

By looking at your code snippet, you could try

'terms' =>  explode( ',', $term );

since explode will return the array you are looking for.

So you shouldn't construct the array as a string.

Check for example the PHP manual on arrays here and explode here.


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