I'm using the following code to paginate between custom post types and it doesn't seem to be using the meta_key or meta_value_num and I can't figure out why. The CPT is set-up to have hierarchal => true and the Capability type is a page.

This is the code I'm using for paging (which doesn't seem to make a difference--I tried using orderby=menu_order and that didn't work either).

<?php if
(get_adjacent_post(false, '', true))
{  echo previous_post_link('%link' , '<i class="fa fa-chevron-left"></i>');  }
{ echo previous_post_link('%link' , '<i class="fa fa-chevron-right"></i>');
$newest_post = get_posts('post_type=employee-bios&posts_per_page=1&order=DESC&meta_key=display-order&orderby=meta_value_num');  $newest_post_id = $newest_post[0]->ID;
echo '<a href="'.get_permalink($newest_post_id).'">
</a>'; } 

<?php if
(get_adjacent_post(false, '', false))
    {  echo next_post_link('%link' , '<i class="fa fa-chevron-right"></i>'); }
    { echo ''; $eldest_post = get_posts('post_type=employee-bios&posts_per_page=1&order=ASC&meta_key=display-order&orderby=meta_value_num');  $eldest_post_id = $eldest_post[0]->ID;
echo '<a href="'.get_permalink($eldest_post_id).'" title="link to '.get_the_title($eldest_post_id).'"><i class="fa fa-chevron-right"></i></a>'; } ; 

And this is my WP_Query (which doesn't seem to matter in the scheme of things either--I'd started off just using while have posts and when that didn't work, I tried the WP_Query)

$paged = get_query_var( 'paged' ) ? get_query_var( 'paged' ) : 1;
$args = array(
    'post_type' => 'employee-bios',
    'posts_per_page' => 1,
    'orderby' => meta_value_num,
    'meta_key' => 'display-order',
    'order' => 'ASC',
    'paged' => $paged
$my_query = new WP_Query( $args );

My client wants to be able to select the order of the employee bios on a landing page and they should paginate in the order they've been placed on the landing page (which is why I tried using both menu_order and a custom field meta value for sorting).

I've also tried changing the Capability type from page to post and that doesn't seem to make a difference either.

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!


1 Answer 1


I just found the answer to this at another Stack... as is always the way when I post a question, it seems. No matter what one does, in regards to pagination in this situation, WP will always go by post date first. I needed to add a function that would use menu_order and found the answer here.

function wpse73190_gist_adjacent_post_sort( $sql ) {
    $pattern = '/post_date/';
    $replacement = 'menu_order';

    return preg_replace( $pattern, $replacement, $sql );

add_filter( 'get_next_post_sort', 'wpse73190_gist_adjacent_post_sort' );
add_filter( 'get_previous_post_sort', 'wpse73190_gist_adjacent_post_sort' );

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