I am trying to create a part on my wordpress theme that will only display one featured post. I have installed this plugin - https://wordpress.org/plugins/featured-post/ .

I know I am supposed to integrate <?php query_posts($query_string."&featured=yes"); somewhere into the loop to output the featured post. I tried modifying the code from my existing loop that displays regular posts but the results show the featured post repeated many times.

This is the loop I am trying to use that displays the featured post but repeats it a ton of times. How can I get it to only display once?

if ( have_posts() ) {
    while ( have_posts() ) {

        query_posts($query_string . "&featured=yes");


        if ( has_post_thumbnail() ) {

<a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a>
<?php the_excerpt();?>  
<a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"> Read More.... </a>   

    } // end while
} // end if                      
  • Where you've added query_posts($query_string."&featured=yes") ? – Sumit Mar 28 '16 at 7:14
  • Is it repeating the same featured post many times or different featured posts? – engelen Mar 28 '16 at 7:35
  • @Sumit I have edited the post to show where I added the feature function. – user91325 Mar 28 '16 at 7:51
  • @engelen - It is repeating the same feature post. – user91325 Mar 28 '16 at 7:51

query_posts() can alter the WP query even when it is executed and it should be placed at least before you start the loop i.e. have_posts(). Currently you are placing it after setting up post data i.e. the_post(). Which is resulting in unexpected behavior.


global $query_string; //Get current query arguments

if (have_posts()) {
    while (have_posts()) {
        the_post(); ?>    

        <? php the_author(); ?>

        <? php
        if (has_post_thumbnail()) {
        } ?>

        <a href = "<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a> 
        <?php the_excerpt(); ?> 
        <a href = "<?php the_permalink(); ?>"> Read More.... </a>   

    } // end while
} // end if

NOTE: query_posts() is not recommended please ask plugin support to provide alternative way to use their plugin!

  • Why downvote here ? – Sumit Mar 28 '16 at 10:20

I have just simplified my code. Add a custom field with name "_featured" with Yes and No Radio Button and add dummy 5 posts and from which make one post to be featured to Yes and then use below code to display featured post.

$args = array(
    'posts_per_page' => 5,
    'post_status' => 'publish',
    'post_type' => 'post',
    'meta_query' => array(
           'key' => '_featured',
           'value' => 'yes'

$the_query = new WP_Query( $args );
// The Loop
if ( $the_query->have_posts() ) {
    echo '<ul>';
    while ( $the_query->have_posts() ) {
        echo '<li>' . get_the_title() . '</li>';
    echo '</ul>';
} else {
    // no posts found
/* Restore original Post Data */

Hope this helps!

  • @Sumit: I have added $i variable to limit the loop in my modified code. – Mehul Gohil Mar 28 '16 at 7:14
  • Hi Mehul. Thanks for trying but I am still getting an error message. It only displays the one post and nothing in and it says "Fatal error: Maximum execution time of 30 seconds exceeded in" – user91325 Mar 28 '16 at 7:44
  • @Sumit: This is not that bad solution as per the details provided in the question. Also there is no argument named "featured". Please see Codex – Mehul Gohil Mar 28 '16 at 7:45
  • @user91325: Please let us know what function you are using fetch the featured posts? Is it query_posts, get_posts or WP_Query? – Mehul Gohil Mar 28 '16 at 7:47
  • @Mehul I have edited my post to show it. I am using <?php query_posts($query_string."&featured=yes"); inside of the loop to fetch the featured post. – user91325 Mar 28 '16 at 7:48

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