I've been trying to figure out a way to do radius search in WP and decided upon a simpler way than big queries, I'm having problems returning results though

I've got a function called bar_get_nearby() that calculates the latitude/longitude max/min for a given postcode, so that I can then find all entries inside that max/min value.

$geo = file_get_contents('http://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/geocode/json?address='.$_POST['location'].'&sensor=false');
$decode = json_decode($geo);
$latlon = $decode->results[0]->geometry->location->lat.','.$decode->results[0]->geometry->location->lng;
$dist = bar_get_nearby($decode->results[0]->geometry->location->lat, $decode->results[0]->geometry->location->lng);

echo $dist['max_latitude'].','.$dist['min_latitude'].'<--<br />';
echo $dist['max_longitude'].','.$dist['min_longitude'].'<---<br />';

$location_LAT = array('key' => 'latitude', 'value' => $dist['max_latitude'], 'compare' => '>=');
$location_LAT2 = array('key' => 'latitude', 'value' => $dist['min_latitude'], 'compare' => '<=');
$location_LNG = array('key' => 'longitude', 'value' => $dist['max_longitude'], 'compare' => '>=');
$location_LNG2 = array('key' => 'longitude', 'value' => $dist['min_longitude'], 'compare' => '<=');

I've also tried

$latitude = array('key' => 'latitude', 'value' => array($dist['max_latitude'],$dist['min_latitude']), 'compare' => 'BETWEEN');
$longitude = array('key' => 'longitude', 'value' => array($dist['max_longitude'],$dist['min_longitude']), 'compare' => 'BETWEEN');

There is no error and there is no results returned, when I run queries via PHPMyAdmin I do get results.

We then run the query given the above arguments;

$args = array('post_type' => 'choirs', 'order' => 'asc', 'orderby' => 'title', 'posts_per_page' => 500,
'meta_query' => array(


Any help would be appreciated Thanks, P

  • There is no actual query in your code, and only partial argument sets for one. – s_ha_dum Oct 4 '13 at 9:09
  • Sorry sort of left it out as its not really the important part, the query works fine without the meta_query inside it. Have added it in. – paulOr Oct 4 '13 at 9:16
  • Switch from using query_posts to WP_Query instead. That aside, what is the result of your query when you pass it into var_dump($query)? Also do you have your debug constant defined in your wp-config file? – Adam Oct 5 '13 at 13:07

In both examples, you are searching between 'max' and 'min', where it should be between 'min' and 'max':

array( $dist['max_latitude'], $dist['min_latitude'] )

'value' => $dist['max_latitude'], 'compare' => '>=');
'value' => $dist['min_latitude'], 'compare' => '<=');

Both mean:

"Search for a value that ist greater than max_latitude and less than min_latitude"

Another finding why my own meta_query didn't work with geo coordinates: 'type' => 'numeric' does an SQL CAST() to SIGNED. This removes all the decimals of the geo coordinates before comparison!

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    Thanks for sharing that info. Hint: If you ain't got a real solution, you can check the "community wiki" check box when answering. It's then only meant to share knowledge, but don't give or take reputation points when up/downvoting. – kaiser May 26 '14 at 21:26

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