With this loop I am displaying single posts on an archive page. The posts are being sorted by the category 'Banks'. In addition to that, how can I display them in alphabetical order? I've tried using WP_Query, but cannot get it to work; it breaks my loop each time.

<h3>Banks & Credit Unions</h3>

<?php if ( have_posts() ) : while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); 
    if ( in_category( 'Banks' ) ) { ?>
            <a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>">
                <img  src="<?php the_field( 'biller_logo' )?>">
                <?php the_field( 'biller_name' ) ?>
    <?php } 
endwhile; endif; ?>
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    what archive page? is this the main query or a secondary query?
    – Milo
    Dec 4, 2015 at 20:16

2 Answers 2


To display posts in descending alphabetical order add this to your args array (taken from the wp codex)

'orderby' => 'title',
'order'   => 'DESC',

To display posts in ascending alphabetical order just switch DESC to ASC.

So the whole thing would look like:

$args = array(
    'orderby' => 'title',
    'order'   => 'DESC',
$query = new WP_Query( $args );

WP_Query Order by Parameters

Or to use if you do not want to alter the main loop use get_posts. WP query alters the main loop by changing the variables of the global variable $wp_query. get_posts, on the other hand, simply references a new WP_Query object, and therefore does not affect or alter the main loop. It would be used in the same way, but changing $query = new WP_Query( $args ); to something like $query = get_posts( $args );.

If you would like to alter the main query before it is executed, you can hook into it using the function pre_get_posts.

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    it's not clear from the question if this is an additional query- pre_get_posts would be more appropriate in the case of a main query, though the parameters you'd set would be the same.
    – Milo
    Dec 4, 2015 at 22:23
  • indeed, but just get_posts would be simpler. I have updated my answer with get_posts added.
    – thebigtine
    Dec 4, 2015 at 23:09

Not the best code i've ever written here but if you want to create a list like:

  • A
  • America
  • B
  • Brazil
  • Bahamas

You could use..

                                    'post_type' => 'franchise',
                                    'showposts' => 100,
                                ) );  
                                $title_2 = 'A';
                            <?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?> 
                                    $title = get_the_title();
                                    $title_1 = $title[0];
                                    if ($title_1 !== $title_2){
                                        echo '<li>&nbsp;</li><li><h3>' . $title_1 . '</h3></li><li>&nbsp;</li>';
                                        $title_2 = $title_1;
                                    <li><a href="<?php echo get_the_permalink(); ?>"><?php echo get_the_title(); ?></a></li>
                                <?php endwhile;?>

Like i said - not the best practice.. but you can tidy up & work from here :)

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