I have a custom post type called "results" and on my single results page I want to perform a second query after the main loop. The second query is as follows:

$myquery = new WP_Query(array(
 'post_type' => 'endorsements',
   'tax_query' => array(
     'taxonomy' => 'results_categories',
     'field'    => 'slug',
     'terms' => array( 'facilitative-leaders', 'organization' )

I made a second loop with the above query and what I get back are posts that are in the "results" custom post type, NOT in the 'endorsements' post type as I specified.

If I take out all the tax_query info and only ask for the 'endorsements' it works, but I need the tax info.

Far as I can see my query is correct.. been stuck on this one for a while!!

Any help is appreciated!

  • is your post type registered with exclude_from_search set to true? if you set posts_per_page to -1, do you see any endorsements in the returned set? what happens when you add post type instead as an array: 'post_type' => array('endorsements')?
    – Milo
    Commented Nov 2, 2014 at 21:44
  • @Milo exclude_from_search is set to false, your other recommendations still do not return posts from 'endorsements' unfortunately. Is there any other info I can provide that may help?
    – mToce
    Commented Nov 2, 2014 at 22:21
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    var_dump($myquery) after you run it and see what the query vars look like. I'll guess you have some code somewhere modifying the query, maybe pre_get_posts.
    – Milo
    Commented Nov 2, 2014 at 22:24
  • @Milo Yes, you were right, I was using pre_get_post to exclude some things, but I forgot to add && $query->is_main_query(). Thanks!!
    – mToce
    Commented Nov 3, 2014 at 12:56

1 Answer 1


I found out that I was using pre_get_post on these pages to exclude some things on the taxonomy archive pages.

add_action( 'pre_get_posts', 'exclude_cpt' );
function exclude_cpt( $query ) {
    if ( $query->is_tax('results_categories') ) {
         $query->set( 'post_type', array('results') );
    return $query;

BUT I forgot to make sure this was only happening in the main query, the final function is below.

add_action( 'pre_get_posts', 'exclude_cpt' );
function exclude_cpt( $query ) {
    if ( $query->is_tax('results_categories') && $query->is_main_query() ) {
         $query->set( 'post_type', array('results') );
    return $query;
  • Just a note here, always do a check for admin pages as well. pre_get_posts also alters the back end queries, so be carefull with this. Simply just add !is_admin() like this if ( !is_admin() && query->is_tax('results_categories') && $query->is_main_query() ) { Commented Nov 3, 2014 at 15:01
  • @PieterGoosen Thanks for noting that very helpful to all that will read this post!
    – mToce
    Commented Nov 4, 2014 at 15:42
  • Will upvote this answer if you make that change :-) Commented Nov 4, 2014 at 15:43

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