I'have this structure:

  • News (CPT. A page showing all news)
  • Works (CPT. A page showing all works)

Then, inside a single page of works I want to show the news related to this work:

  • Single work
    • title
    • content
    • news related to this single work

How can I make a relation between a single post in News and single post in Works?

AFAIK, I can create a category term with same name of each single work, by hand, and then to assign that term to News single post. But there is high risk of typos and a lot of work in the content editor. Is it possible to get a more automated method?

Thank you.

  • Tags are your best friends here. That's one of the reasons they exist.
    – Jack Johansson
    Jun 13 '17 at 13:24
  • Thanks for the answer. So, I should to create, by hand, in each single News post, a tag for each work post, with the same name of each Work post and then, to do a query inside single work template using the work title as tag criterion. Is it?
    – aitor
    Jun 13 '17 at 13:31

You have to set the relations manually. WordPress is not smart enough to relate to posts by tags if you don't set them yourself ( It can however use categories, but not really efficient ).

What you can do, is to set some tags on a News post, and then use them to search the tags in Works posts. Here is an example:

    // Get current post's tags
    $tags = wp_get_post_tags($id);
    // Check if the post has any tags
    if ($tags) {
        // If it does, get them and make a query based on tags
        $tag_ids = array();
        foreach($tags as $individual_tag) {
            $tag_ids[] = $individual_tag->term_id;
        $args = array(
            'tag__in' => $tag_ids,
            'post__not_in' => array($id),
            'ignore_sticky_posts'=> 1,
            'post_type' => 'works'
        $related_query = new WP_Query( $args );
        // Starting the loop
        if ( $related_query->have_posts()) {
            while ($related_query->have_posts()){

Feed this function with a post ID and you will get a list of related posts in the Works post type that have the same tags as this post:


You can do a conditional to use the same function for both post types.


You can use Advance custom fields plugin for this. Select a field group for CPT works and use field type "Relationship" with CPT news. It will provide UI in the admin panel to select one from available news.

  • Let me know if you need any help on this from me. Accept the answer if helps you to achieve your goal. Jun 13 '17 at 15:13
  • Sorry, relational field needs a pro license for the plugin :( Jack's answer works without plugin and I can't accept two answers. Nex time! :)
    – aitor
    Jun 13 '17 at 16:09

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