I'm using the following code to attempt to loop through each of the terms within my custom taxonomy category-film and then output the term name as a heading together with displaying all the custom posts that belong to that term

<?php $terms = get_terms( 'category-film' ); ?>

<?php foreach( $terms as $term ) : ?>

    <?php $posts = new WP_Query( 'post=film&category-film= ' . $term->slug . '&posts_per_page=-1' ); ?>

    <?php if( $posts->have_posts() ): while( $posts->have_posts() ) : $posts->the_post(); ?>        

        <h3><?php echo $term->name; ?></h3>
        <p><?php the_title(); ?></p>

        <div class="col-md-6">
            <?php the_field('url'); ?>

    <?php endwhile; endif; ?>

<?php endforeach; ?>

I am finding, however, that my code outputs nothing whatsoever.

If I move <h3><?php echo $term->name; ?></h3> so that it is outside of the loop (but within the foreach loop) it outputs the names of the terms fine.

So I imagine the problem must be something to do with the loop itself?

  • Do not use $posts as a custom variable, it breaks and stuffs up the $posts global, rather use something like $posts_array – Pieter Goosen Oct 5 '15 at 17:58
  • 1
    Also, just a note, your query is very expensive :-) – Pieter Goosen Oct 5 '15 at 17:59
  • thanks @PieterGoosen, I've tried that but unfortunately still having the same issue. I can't seem to output anything in the loop, even if just static content – pealo86 Oct 5 '15 at 18:03
  • You can try something like this, just note, this was done for the main query, so you will need to adjust it slightly for a custom query – Pieter Goosen Oct 5 '15 at 18:03
  • 1
    Use a proper tax_query – Pieter Goosen Oct 5 '15 at 18:04

If your things are laid properly, this code will output 10 posts from film CPT, where taxonomy is category-film and it will occur each of the term of that particular taxonomy. I'm not aware about your templating, so lay your layout accordingly.

$_terms = get_terms( array('category-film') );

foreach ($_terms as $term) :

    $term_slug = $term->slug;
    $_posts = new WP_Query( array(
                'post_type'         => 'film',
                'posts_per_page'    => 10, //important for a PHP memory limit warning
                'tax_query' => array(
                        'taxonomy' => 'category-film',
                        'field'    => 'slug',
                        'terms'    => $term_slug,

    if( $_posts->have_posts() ) :

        echo '<h3>'. $term->name .'</h3>';
        echo '<div class="row">';
        while ( $_posts->have_posts() ) : $_posts->the_post();
            <div class="col-sm-6">
                <h4><?php the_title(); ?></h4>
                <p><?php echo get_post_meta( get_the_ID(), 'url', true ); ?></p>

        echo '</div>';


| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.