I have the following loop working as I want it but I need the 'activists' list item to include <?php the_post_thumbnail(); ?>.

What would be the best way to write this?


        $terms = array('news', 'activists', 'resources', 'posts' );

        if ( !empty( $terms ) && !is_wp_error( $terms ) ){

            foreach ( $terms as $term ) {

                $my_query = new WP_Query('posts_per_page=5&post_type='.$term);

                while ($my_query->have_posts()) : $my_query->the_post();

                echo '<li class="item ' . $term . '">'; ?>

                <a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><strong><span><?php echo the_title(); ?></span></strong></a>

                <?php echo '</li>';

                endwhile; wp_reset_query();



Thanks in advance.

  • 1
    @Pieter's answer tells you what to do. As an aside, note that "Terms" has it's own meaning (in WP-Lingo, at least) and is not equivalent to "Post Type". Your variable-naming is suboptimal. Jul 21, 2014 at 15:58

3 Answers 3


You can make use of get_post_type( $post ) to check whether a post belongs to a certain post type

Inside your loop, you can do the following check

while ($my_query->have_posts()) : $my_query->the_post();

if ( 'activists' == get_post_type() ) {

    /* Custom code for 'activists' post type. */

} else {

    /* Custom code for the other post types. */

endwhile; wp_reset_query();

I would do something like OmAk suggested but I would add some fallback :

$activists_thumbs = has_post_thumbnail() ? the_post_thumbnail() : 'path/img_fallback.jpg';

It's better to check if you have something before actually using it.

EDIT: wp_reset_postdata() is enough (instead of wp_reset_query() )

  • Make "maybe" a "definitely" an I'd upvote this. Jul 21, 2014 at 15:49
  • It's done now :)
    – JMau
    Jul 21, 2014 at 15:53

You can use this:

<a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>" title="<?php echo the_title_attribute(); ?>">
    <?php the_post_thumbnail(); ?>

This will place the featured image with a link to the main post.

More details about how you can use image_size when calling the function: the_post_thumbnail

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