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 Oct 5, 2015 at 17:58
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    Also, just a note, your query is very expensive :-) Oct 5, 2015 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
    – user39214
    Oct 5, 2015 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 Oct 5, 2015 at 18:03
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    Use a proper tax_query Oct 5, 2015 at 18:04

1 Answer 1


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>';



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