I am trying to do a query to grab all the pages that have the tickbox checked "feature_on_front_page" which has the value "featured" with label "Featured".

I added this checkbox with ACF.

My query is:

        <?php wp_reset_query();  // Restore global post data stomped by the_post(). ?>

        // args
        $args = array(
            'numberposts'   => -1,
            'post_type'     => 'page',
            'meta_key'      => 'feature_on_front_page',
            'meta_value'    => 'featured'

        // query
        $the_query = new WP_Query( $args );

        <?php if( $the_query->have_posts() ): ?>
                <?php while( $the_query->have_posts() ) : $the_query->the_post(); ?>
                       do some stuff
                <?php endwhile; ?>
        <?php endif; ?>

        <?php wp_reset_query();  // Restore global post data stomped by the_post(). ?>

It brings back 0 results. I looked in database and the "feature_on_front_page" key has data value "a:1:{i:0;s:8:"featured";}"

I have tried using array instead of string but I can't work out exactly what I am doing wrong

I tried:

'meta_value'    => array('Featured' => 'featured')


'meta_value'    => array('featured')

and various other variations. I know this is simple but I can't see where I am going wrong.

Here is what it looks like in database:

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2 Answers 2


UPDATE: Ok this should work, according to ACF's documentation:

$args = array(
    'posts_per_page'   => -1,
    'post_type'     => 'page',
    'meta_query'    => array(
            'key'       => 'feature_on_front_page',
            'value'     => 'featured',
            'compare'   => 'LIKE'

Your code works for me.

Can you see the feature_on_front_page custom field when you view the page(s) in the WordPress admin area?

Or perhaps the problem lies in the do some stuff section you've omitted?

  • Yes, I have gone into pages, ticked the box and then saved as ACF makes you create a fieldset so I am not sure if its nested somehow? I think the issue is the way the value is stored in database "a:1:{i:0;s:8:"featured";}" and not just a simple string but I am not sure.
    – Guerrilla
    Apr 26, 2015 at 20:23
  • Ah yes it looks as if ACF stores the value as a serialized array. Try 'meta_value' => 'a:1:{i:0;s:8:"featured";}' - pretty ugly hack I know :)
    – sqrbrkt
    Apr 26, 2015 at 20:30
  • Yeah this works so its obviously the way I'm accessing it. What is proper way as this doesn't appear in any example I have looked at
    – Guerrilla
    Apr 26, 2015 at 20:33
  • I'm not familiar with ACF but is there a way to specify that the custom field feature_on_front_page should be a simple boolean (true or false) rather than an array?
    – sqrbrkt
    Apr 26, 2015 at 20:35
  • See my update above
    – sqrbrkt
    Apr 26, 2015 at 20:40

Try "posts_per_page" in place of "numberposts". numberposts is not a valid parameter of WP_Query.

if you are using "ACF", then I think this will not work with WP_Query. This is not logical but I had same kind of bad experience. Try once


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