I'm trying to display a custom post type (properties) and exclude posts that have a certain meta value (sold). Is there a way that I can do this? I have this for my code so far:

                        $args = array(
                            'post_type'      => 'property',
                            'orderby'        => 'meta_value',
                            'meta_key'       => 'random_775',
                            'order'          => 'ASC',
                            'posts_per_page' => 100,

                    $the_query = new WP_Query( $args ); ?>
                    <?php if ( $the_query->have_posts() ) : ?>
                    <?php while ( $the_query->have_posts() ) : $the_query->the_post(); ?>

So right now it shows all the custom post types even the ones that are 'sold'. How can I show the ones that are not sold? Also, sold is just a checkbox so it would have to know whether it was checked or not.

Suggestions? Thanks!

1 Answer 1


If you don't use any other meta data, just add the following to your $args:

'meta_key' => 'sold',
'meta_value' => true, // or whatever it is you're using here
'meta_compare' => '!=',

Otherwise, use a WP_Meta_Query:

'meta_query' => array(
        'key' => 'sold',
        'value' => true,  // or whatever it is you're using here
        'compare' => 'NOT LIKE',

See here for more information:

  • Thanks, that worked but I no longer have the posts in alphabetical order. Meta_key -> 'random_775' was what was doing it but now that I have two meta_keys, it broke. Any suggestion on how to keep the order? Commented Sep 26, 2013 at 23:29
  • Hm, that's why I wrote the second part using a WP_Meta_Query. So this doesn't work either? Keep the meta_key and orderby parameters from your original code, and add the meta_query. If this is not working, I will post another solution (which uses standard sorting of PHP).
    – tfrommen
    Commented Sep 27, 2013 at 7:07
  • Thanks for the help, but I have another question where I'm using pre_get_posts but I still am having issues. link Commented Sep 27, 2013 at 14:20

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