Stuck on trying call an option variable using the Redux Framework - that is utilizing multi-category select - inside the query. Here's what I have as my query:

$the_query = new WP_Query(array(
array( 'category__and' => $my_options['featured_section']  ),
'posts_per_page' => 1 
while ( $the_query->have_posts() ) : 

This doesn't work. The output of $my_options['featured_section'] is:

Array ( [0] => 20 [1] => 16 )

I have two categories selected in the options area, which are ID 20, and ID 16. Any idea why this won't call the correct categories?

  • This doesn't "call the categories" at all. It retrieves posts if and only if the are assigned to both categories. Is that what you want?
    – s_ha_dum
    Commented Mar 16, 2014 at 17:20
  • Should I be using: 'cat' => $my_options['featured_section'] Yes, I'm looking to retrieve posts that are within the selected categories. Commented Mar 16, 2014 at 17:32
  • To retrieve posts in both categories-- not in one or the other or both, but absolutely both-- your code is correct, and using cat would be wrong. If that is not the result you see something is interfering, maybe a filter, but I can't guess what.
    – s_ha_dum
    Commented Mar 16, 2014 at 17:42
  • Yea, I'm not sure, I don't believe there is a filter. Here is what I was told by the Redux developer, yet I'm still not grasping it, unfortunately: "Umm, use the data attribute for the select field and fill args. Like this: 'data' => 'category', 'args' => array('cat' => $my_options['featured_section']) But as you say I should be using 'category__and' as well... Commented Mar 16, 2014 at 17:49
  • Their code suggests that $my_options['featured_section'] is not an array but a comma separated string, which conflicts with what you've said.
    – s_ha_dum
    Commented Mar 16, 2014 at 18:14

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I'm Kevin, one of the devs at Redux. I'd be happy to take a look at your situation more closely if I could get you to hope on over to our github page and submit your issue via our issue tracker https://github.com/ReduxFramework/redux-framework. Please be sure to include the version of Redux you are using (important as we might have a newer version) and a sample of your config, specifically the section you are attempting to use here.


  • Hi Kevin, Thanks for your post! I'm working with Redux, migrating from SMOF, and I understand most every use except the multi selection for categories. I posted at the issue tracker and received a helpful response but am still stuck. If I don't use the "multi" option (or have it set to false) the query pulls the correct category, but if I have "multi" set to true, the output doesn't work within the query. Here's the post at the issues tracker that I was offered some help but still failed to grasp :) github.com/ReduxFramework/redux-framework/issues/909 Commented Mar 19, 2014 at 1:28

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