I have a drop down menu that displays a link (the permalink) to all of the posts of a custom post type (county) and would simply like to display their children too this is the code I have so far but get_children is not working...

    <?php $menu = new WP_Query( array(
        'post_type' => 'county',
        'post_status' => 'publish',
        'posts_per_page' => -1,
        'order' => 'desc'
    ) );
    while ( $menu->have_posts() ) : $menu->the_post(); ?>
        <a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a>
            <?php get_children(); ?>
    <?php endwhile; ?>

this is the code that allows me to assign on custom post type as the parent of another

function show_parent_metabox() {

function parent_select ($parent_type) {
    global $post;
    global $wpdb;
    $query = "SELECT ID, post_title FROM $wpdb->posts WHERE post_type = '{$parent_type}'         AND post_status = 'publish' ORDER BY post_title";
    $results = $wpdb->get_results($query, OBJECT);
    echo '<select name="parent_id" id="parent_id">';
    echo '<option value = "">None</option>';
    foreach ($results as $r) {
        echo '<option value="', $r->ID, '"', $r->ID == $post->post_parent ? '    selected="selected"' : '', '>', $r->post_title, '</option>';
    echo '</select>';
  • by children, you mean children of posts or what? also can you paste the code for other menu here – Kumar Jan 5 '14 at 13:15
  • Yes @sven i have a bit of code that allows me to assign one custom post type as the parent of another (county as a parent of an area) – jonhodson1984 Jan 5 '14 at 13:17
  • @sven also this is all the code i have i am using standard wp_list_pages() to create my top level navigation and jquery to show the drop down when hovering over a particular nav item – jonhodson1984 Jan 5 '14 at 13:19
  • bit of code that allows me to assign one custom post type as the parent of another, what you actually do in that code? – Kumar Jan 5 '14 at 13:25
  • @sven I have added the parent selector code to the above code. – jonhodson1984 Jan 5 '14 at 13:29

Here is the general logic that can be used to fetch the child custom posts

What I've assumed here is, You create a county post, then you create a area post and from parent metabox you select the desired county post and save the post id in post_parent

function wpse_128630_cp( $post_type = 'county', $post_parent = '', $posts_per_page = -1 ){
  $args = array(
    'post_type' => $post_type,
    'post_status' => 'publish',
    'posts_per_page' => $posts_per_page,
            'post_parent' => $post_parent ,
    'order' => 'desc'
 $menu = new WP_Query( $args );
 if(!empty($menu)) { return $menu;}
    //To debug, uncomment below code
    //echo "<pre>";
    //echo "</pre>";
<ul class="wpse-parent menu">
<?php $menu = wpse_128630_cp();
while ( $menu->have_posts() ) : $menu->the_post(); ?>
<li class="menu-item">
    <a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a> <?php
        $submenu = wpse_128630_cp( 'area', get_the_ID() ); 
        if(!empty($submenu)){ ?>
            <ul class="wpse-sub-menu menu"> <?php
                while ( $submenu->have_posts() ) : $submenu->the_post(); ?>
                    <li class="menu-item">
                        <a href="<?php $submenu->the_permalink(); ?>"><?php $submenu->the_title(); ?></a>
                <?php endwhile; ?>
  <?php endwhile; ?>
  • Do i add the function part of your answer into my functions file or does this all go in my header.php file where my menu code is? – jonhodson1984 Jan 5 '14 at 13:39
  • functions file will do, I'm adding a bit explanation of what I understood from your situation and answering as per that – Kumar Jan 5 '14 at 13:40
  • I may be doing it wrong but this did not work it just returns a completely blank page everywhere. I have separated the function into my functions.php file and everything else in my header.php file in the relevant place. – jonhodson1984 Jan 5 '14 at 13:52
  • I may have been unclear in my question but i would like to return a list of all posts in a custom post type and all of their children. So they display something like this... County > area area area County > area area area – jonhodson1984 Jan 5 '14 at 13:56
  • Childerns post type is same as parent or different ? because you said parent is of cpt county, while children is of cpt area, also you said you get a blank page, does it shows any error, can you check your error logs – Kumar Jan 5 '14 at 13:59

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