I have registered a custom post type and inside my archive-myCPT.php I want to retrieve just the current published post.

Here is a relevant snippet from my archive-myCPT.php:


    if( have_posts() ){
        $x = 1;
        while ( have_posts() ){
            if ( 0 === (int) $post->post_parent ) {
                get_template_part( 'inc/post-format/content-debate');

I've tried adding this : query_posts('posts_per_page=1&order=DESC&orderby=date') before the if( have_posts() ){ but I'm getting the last post from the default blog posts not from my CPT and also it adds also a pagination.

How can I retrieve just the most recent published post inside my CPT without the pagination?

1 Answer 1


You could just alter the main query for your custom post type archive with pre_get_posts().


function wpse124228_alter_ppp_order_for_mycpt( $query ) {
    if ( ! $query->is_main_query() || is_admin() )
    if ( is_post_type_archive( 'mycpt' ) ) {
        //Only display 1 post on mycpt archive
        $query->set( 'posts_per_page', 1 );
        //Most recent/current
        $query->set( 'orderby', 'date' );
        $query->set( 'order', 'DESC' );
add_action( 'pre_get_posts', 'wpse124228_alter_ppp_order_for_mycpt' );

This pretty much resembles this example from the codex page. BTW don't use query_posts(), if you have to do a second query go with WP_Query, but for an archive that shouldn't be necessary.

Additional Information:

  • What about if I have to retrieve also inside my archive-CPT.php the most recent post with the status of future and the last published post ?
    – agis
    Nov 24, 2013 at 21:46
  • This would be a totally different question. BTW how can a future post be most recent, I guess you mean the next to come. But this really should be a new question, because it's a new problem. @Alecs Nov 24, 2013 at 22:32
  • Sorry, I meant the next to come ...
    – agis
    Nov 25, 2013 at 11:42
  • I've added a question regardin this here
    – agis
    Nov 25, 2013 at 11:43
  • Not a problem, can you check mark the answer to resolve the process. I'll take a look at your other question. @Alecs Nov 25, 2013 at 14:06

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