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I'd like to create a shortcode that would display the post count for a specific category within a custom post type. I've been trying to alter the code below but need some help. Could anyone let me know how to tweak so that the shortcode is for a specific custom post type.

// Add Shortcode to show posts count inside a category
function category_post_count( $atts ) {

    $atts = shortcode_atts( array(
        'category' => null
    ), $atts );

    // get the category by slug.
    $term = get_term_by( 'slug', $atts['category'], 'category');

    return ( isset( $term->count ) ) ? $term->count : 0;
}
add_shortcode( 'category_post_count', 'category_post_count' );

Thanks in advance!

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I think you would be better off using get_posts or a new WP_Query instead of get_term_by. That would allow you to get posts for your custom post type, and then filter by taxonomy/term name.

If you're comfortable enough with WP Query you could try something like this: Query posts by taxonomy term name

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If for some reason you're using the shortcode inside the loop, you could try the code below. Failing that, your best bet is to get to grips with WP_Query as suggested in another answer.

Add to functions.php

function category_post_count( $atts ) {

    $atts = shortcode_atts( array(
        'category' => null,
        'type' => null
    ), $atts );

    $term = get_term_by( 'slug', $atts['category'], 'category');
    $tpt = $atts['type'];

    if( get_post_type() == $tpt ) {
        return $term->count;
    }

}
add_shortcode( 'category_post_count', 'category_post_count' );

Typical usage

[category_post_count category="category_slug" type="post_type"]
  • Thanks for providing the above code. It is within the loop but for some reason the above did not work? I have a custom post type, and have a handful of categories for the custom post type. Wanted to display the category count number on the page with a shortcode. But for some reason it's not pulling anything. – Northtime Nov 16 '17 at 3:28
  • If it didn't display anything, make sure you've replaced post_type with the correct post_type - if both the category_slug and post_type are entered correctly, there's no reason why it wouldn't work. Can you double check? Correct usage should look like [category_post_count category="genre" type="movies"] where genre would be the slug of a category and movies is the name of your custom post type. – Nikki Mather Nov 16 '17 at 9:02
  • Yes unfortunately the slug and post type are all correct in my shortcode. Not sure what's going on? Been searching for different solution today. – Northtime Nov 16 '17 at 20:46

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