If I were to take a standard query post.

<?php query_posts('post_type=payment'); while (have_posts()) : the_post();?>

Only this time I would like to query the post by 2 custom fields that it may contain.

<?php query_posts('post_type=payment'.get_post_meta($post->ID,'bookingref', true).get_post_meta($post->ID,'customerref', true) ); while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>

That doesn't work. Is something like this possible and how is it done?

Any ideas?



1 Answer 1


To query posts by custom fields you can use the 'meta_query' parameter

$args = array(
    'post_type' => 'payment',
    'meta_query' => array(
                'key' => 'bookingref',
                'value' => 'the_value_you_want',
                'compare' => 'LIKE'
                'key' => 'customerref',
                'value' => 'the_value_you_want',
                'compare' => 'LIKE'
query_posts($args); while (have_posts()) : the_post();

you can't use get_post_meta inside the query because it gets you the value and not the key and also it accepts a Post ID to get that value of and before the query $post->id is not in the scope.

  • yup, this is better than my (deleted) answer - meta_query is the way to go for multiple custom key querying
    – anu
    Mar 3, 2011 at 17:51
  • Marvellous well done. You are missing a bracket though. You need .. )); query_posts($args) .. Mar 3, 2011 at 18:01
  • There's a big opportunity here to educate, using WP_Query, and the performance costs of meta queries
    – Tom J Nowell
    Jan 17, 2017 at 19:53

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