I've been trying to limit the amount of posts a user can create in a specific custom post type, and I had some help from Bainternet by checking out his plugin. I read over that and then came up with my own, but it doesn't seem to be working. I want to make my code much more lightweight than an entire new plugin so I am just adding it to mine, but what am I doing wrong here?

The name of my custom post type will be lets say.. newpages. And we'll pretend $custom = 'Developer'; has been placed before the function.

function efpd_limit_posts(){
    global $pagenow,$custom;
    if (is_admin() && $pagenow=='post-new.php?post_type=newpages'){
        $theposts = get_posts(array('post_type'=>'newpages'));
        if (count($theposts) >= '1'){
            wp_die('You have reached the maximum amount of 'newpages' you can create.');
}   }   }   
  • Now you left out 'author'=>$current_user->ID, from the array
    – Bainternet
    Mar 20, 2011 at 15:43

1 Answer 1


Your array phrasing is wrong, cange

$count_posts = count(get_posts(array('author'=>$current_user->ID,'post_type','newpages')));


$count_posts = count(get_posts(array('author'=>$current_user->ID,'post_type' => 'newpages')));
  • Thanks again! I ought to just hire you to answer my questions! :)
    – Jared
    Mar 20, 2011 at 13:45
  • @Bainternet: I meassured some "count"s and found them beeing extremly slow when not used outside a 'loop' (foreach, if, etc.) or directly on a function like get_posts. It's much faster if you do it like $some_posts = get_posts... $count = count($some_posts)
    – kaiser
    Mar 20, 2011 at 13:56
  • @Bainternet - I updated my code in my question, it doesn't seem to be working. Is there something else I'm forgetting here?
    – Jared
    Mar 20, 2011 at 14:49
  • @Bainternet: You're welcome :)
    – kaiser
    Mar 20, 2011 at 15:04
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    @Bainternet: ,)
    – kaiser
    Mar 21, 2011 at 0:25

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