This wpmudev post sums up my feeling exactly about twenty fourteen:

Featured Content does not support custom post types – only posts are selected even if the custom post type supports the Tags taxonomy

I've added two CPT that share a custom taxonomy. I've tried tagging them without any luck, looked at inc/featured-content.php,js/slider.js and functions.php.

How can I add these post types so they display in the Featured Content slider on homepage?

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The twentyfourteen_get_featured_posts filter:

It took some digging, to figure out how the twentyfourteen_get_featured_posts filter is used in the TwentyFourteen theme ;-)

The featured content is fetched with:

$featured_posts = twentyfourteen_get_featured_posts();

but this function is only this single line:

return apply_filters( 'twentyfourteen_get_featured_posts', array() );

so where's the meat?

We find it in the Featured_Content class, starting with this line:

add_filter( $filter, array( __CLASS__, 'get_featured_posts' ) );

where $filter comes from:

$filter = $theme_support[0]['featured_content_filter'];


$theme_support = get_theme_support( 'featured-content' );

In functions.php we find:

// Add support for featured content.
add_theme_support( 'featured-content', array(
    'featured_content_filter' => 'twentyfourteen_get_featured_posts',
    'max_posts' => 6,
) );

so we finally see that:

$filter === 'twentyfourteen_get_featured_posts';


To override the default featured content posts, you can then try this:

add_filter( 'twentyfourteen_get_featured_posts', function( $posts ){

    // Modify this to your needs:
    $posts = get_posts( array(
        'post_type'       => array( 'cpt1', 'cpt2' ),
        'posts_per_page'  => 6,
        'featured_tax'    => 'featured_term' 
    ) );

    return $posts;


The next step would be to connect it to the theme customizer and maybe cache it.

Hopefully you can continue the journey from here ;-)

  • ps: I just checked out the link provided by the OP, and I can see that the first part of my answer is somewhat redundant, since @Rarst already goes through similar steps to understand how this filter works. So check out his great answer ;-)
    – birgire
    Commented Jun 19, 2014 at 0:41
  • 2
    Thanks for digging around. Your explanation is excellent. Btw, didn't know you could direct link to line numbers in github.
    – Danger14
    Commented Jun 19, 2014 at 22:20
  • 1
    You're welcome. Yes I really like this github feature, makes life much easier ;-)
    – birgire
    Commented Jun 19, 2014 at 22:36

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