• I have 2 customs post type : "Artist" and "Concert",
  • the "Concert" custom post type is the child of the "Artist" custom post type,
  • the "Artist" custom post type has a "genre" taxonomy.

What I'm trying to do (for instance): list all the concerts which belong to artists of the "pop" genre.

Here is the query of my dream:

SELECT * FROM posts WHERE post_type = "concert" AND post_parent_term = "pop"

I think currently there is no such thing as post_parent_term, hope I'm wrong ... (I know i can add the "genre" taxonomy to the "Concert" custom post type and voilà! But I'm really curious to know if there is another way to achieve that).

Thanks by advance.

  • You don't get the posts in a taxonomy; you get the posts associated to terms in a given taxonomy. In your example: term = 'pop'; taxonomy = 'genre'.
    – scribu
    Mar 14, 2011 at 0:22

3 Answers 3


What I'm trying to do (for instance): list all the concerts which belong to artists of the "pop" genre.

You can do it in two steps:

// 1. Get all the pop artist IDs
$artist_ids = get_posts( array(
  'fields' => 'ids',
  'post_type' => 'artist',
  'genre' => 'pop'
) );

// 2. Get all the concerts associated to those artists
$artist_ids = implode( ',', array_map( 'absint', $artist_ids ) );

$concerts = $wpdb->get_results( "
  SELECT * FROM $wpdb->posts
  WHERE post_type = 'concert'
  AND post_status = 'publish'
  AND post_parent IN ({$artist_ids})
  ORDER BY post_date DESC
" );

There's a post_parent argument in WP_Query, but it doesn't accept an array, hence the direct query.

  • now that i see this I'm thinking to my self "how dumb can i be?", Nice one +1.
    – Bainternet
    Mar 14, 2011 at 0:50
  • Thank you very much for your help, it's working perfectly !
    – inwpitrust
    Mar 25, 2011 at 22:31

The parent page is stored in $post->post_parent

So you can just grab the parent post that way, and then ask it for it's taxonomy/category/tag info.


Not sure if its the right way but you could create nested loops:

//first get all artists with the term pop

$args = array(
    'tax_query' => array(
            'taxonomy' => 'genre',
            'field' => 'slug',
            'terms' => 'pop'
    'post_type' => 'Artist',
    'posts_per_page' => -1
$Artists = new WP_Query( $args );
//loop through them and get there child posts of concerts 
if ( $Artists->have_posts() ) { 
    while ( $Artists->have_posts() ) {
        $last_artist = $post;
        $Concerts = new WP_Query();
                        'post_type' => 'concert',
                        'posts_per_page' => -1,
                        'post_parent' => $post->ID
        while ( $Concerts->have_posts() ) {
            //do concert stuff here
        $post = $last_artist;
  • 1
    Yeah, nested WP_Query()s are a bad idea.
    – scribu
    Mar 14, 2011 at 0:52

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