I have code for custom post type, for custom taxonomy for displaying category posts. I am using Advanced Custom Fields

What I want is to order posts by custom field value, and I was wondering how I can do it?

For example if posts have custom field called “rating” how can I order posts from lowest value to highest?

Here's an example code

<?php $term = get_term_by( 'slug', get_query_var( 'term' ), get_query_var( 'brendovi' ) ); ?>
            <?php if (have_posts()): query_posts($query_string.'&posts_per_page=-1&orderby=date&order=ASC');  ?>
            <?php while( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>

This is the code that works just fine for displaying most recent custom post type posts, and they have custom fields called field_1, field_2, field_3. And users will fill those fields with numeric value. And later on on single post, I'll do the calculation summing those values and dividing by 3 to get avg value. Let's call it field_4.

I am stuck at displaying posts and sorting them by that field_4 with query string.

Perhaps I don't need query string?


1 Answer 1


The query_posts is only useful when you actually know what you are doing. Base on the info you provide this should work for you :

$the_query = new WP_Query(array(
    'post_type'         => 'your_cpt',
    'posts_per_page'    => -1,//get them all
    'meta_key'          => 'field_4',
    'orderby'           => 'meta_value',
    'order'             => 'DESC'

<?php if( $the_query->have_posts() ): ?>
    <?php while( $the_query->have_posts() ) : $the_query->the_post(); 

        $class = get_field('field_4');

        <li <?php echo $class; ?>>
            <a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a>
    <?php endwhile; ?>
<?php endif; ?>

<?php wp_reset_query();  // Restore global post data  ?>

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