if anyone could help it would be greatly appreciated, been trying to get this done on and off for a long time and just can't get there.

I am using the function below in a loop to count posts within a taxonomy name. Function below works fine, but would it be possible to refine the function further to only count posts that were published within the last 24 hours? I found a similar questions but couldn't get it to work with get_term_by Count posts or custom post types from last 24 hours (or from today)

Any help greatly appreciated.

global $post;
$taxonomy = "news"; 
$term_name = $post->post_title;
$term = get_term_by('name', $term_name, $taxonomy);
echo $term->count ; 

1 Answer 1


You can create a custom WP_Query and count its result.

$wp_query = new WP_Query([
    'tax_query' => [
            'taxonomy' => 'news',
            'terms' => $term_name,
            'fields' => 'name'
    'date_query' => [
            'after' => '24 hours ago'
$number_of_posts = $wp_query->found_posts;


I removed posts_per_page argument, as @birgire suggests, that found_posts offers total number of posts regardless of pagination.

  • 1
    No need to fetch so many posts, better to fetch a single post and use the found_posts property.
    – birgire
    Sep 2, 2018 at 16:18
  • 1
    @birgire Thanks, I did not know, that found_posts show total result regardless of pagination! I will update my answer. Sep 2, 2018 at 16:21

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