I currently have the following code where I filter by the page template;

$pages = get_pages( array(
‘post_type’ => ‘page’,
‘meta_key’ => ‘_wp_page_template’,
‘meta_value’ => ‘unit.php’,
‘hierarchical’ => 0
) );

I would also like to sort by an ACF field so would need to add something like;

‘meta_key’  => ‘status’,
‘orderby’   => ‘meta_value’,
‘order’ => ‘DESC’

Is it possible to get both meta_key parts to work together?

  • 1
    Keep in mind that this query will be hideously slow/expensive. Your status post meta should really have been implemented as a custom taxonomy
    – Tom J Nowell
    Mar 7, 2018 at 17:21
  • 1
    Also, try to avoid the helper functions such as get_pages and stick to WP_Query, or if you must, get_posts, you can set the post_type to page
    – Tom J Nowell
    Mar 7, 2018 at 17:21

1 Answer 1


I'm not sure if you can do it with get_pages(), but you should be able to do something like this with get_posts():

$args = array(
    'post_type'  => 'page',
    'meta_query' => array(
        'template_clause' => array(
            'key'     => '_wp_page_template',
            'value'   => 'unit.php',
            'compare' => '=', 
        'status_clause' => array(
            'key'     => 'status',
            'compare' => 'EXISTS',
        'relation' => 'AND',
    'orderby' => 'status_clause',
    'order'   => 'DESC',
$pages = get_posts( $args );

// Better option, per Tom J Nowell's comment on the question
$page_query = new WP_Query( $args );

I haven't tested this code, but I think it should do what you're looking for.


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