I have an array of post ids which I'm passing to query_posts using 'post__in'.

My question is how can I use the order from my array rather than ordering by 'date' etc?


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You would need to build your own query and pass it to query_posts i.e.

if your array of post ids is:

array (10,21,1)   // corresponding to post ids. 

then you can query this way:

select * from wp_posts where `ID` in (10, 21, 2)
order by field(ID,10,21,2)

This will give you a result set in the order of your post ids array.


  • This is a great way to accomplish this. If you don't want to sacrifice the benefits of using query_posts, you can also chain into the posts_orderby filter to alter the orderby and use FIELD(ID, ...). Furthermore, to keep it dynamic, you can use, for a given array $arr, 'FIELD(ID, '.implode(',',$arr).')'. See the Codex for a good writeup of the posts_orderby filter Jan 28, 2012 at 15:13

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