I have a load more script in WordPress, everything is perfect on the homepage but there is a problem in the taxonomy page. So when you click on the category page, it pulls out all the articles. When you manually enter the category name in $args__load['category_name'] below, everything is fine. But when you call the category of the current page with $wp_query, it extracts all articles.


wp_enqueue_script('my__load__more', get_template_directory_uri() . '/assets/js/load_more.js', array('jquery'), '1.0.0', true);
wp_localize_script('my__load__more', 'ajaxurl', admin_url('admin-ajax.php'));
function my__load__more() {
    $count = get_option('posts_per_page');
    $add = $_POST['addNum'];
    $getChoose = $_POST['getChoose'];
    $count = $count + $add;
    $read = 1;

    $args__load = array(
    'posts_per_page' => -1,
    'post_type'      => 'post',
    'post_status'    => 'publish',

    global $wp_query;

    $vardi = $wp_query->query_vars;

    $args__load['category_name'] = $vardi['category_name'];

    $articles = new WP_Query( $args__load );
    $getPosts = array();
    if( $articles->have_posts() ) {
        while( $articles->have_posts() ) {
            if($read > $count && $read <= $count+$getChoose) {
                ob_start(); // start the buffer to capture the output of the template
                $getPosts[] = ob_get_contents(); // pass the output to variable
                ob_end_clean(); // clear the buffer
                if( $read == $articles->found_posts )
                    $getPosts[] = false;
    echo json_encode($getPosts);
add_action( 'wp_ajax_my__load__more', 'my__load__more' );
add_action( 'wp_ajax_nopriv_my__load__more', 'my__load__more' );


    "use strict";

    var addNum     = 0;
    var getChoose  = 5;
    var clicked    = false;
    var readyCount = false;

    $(".load__more__button").click(function() {
        if (!clicked) {
            if (readyCount == true) {
                addNum = addNum + getChoose;
            readyCount = true;
                'action': 'my__load__more',
                'addNum': addNum,
                'getChoose': getChoose,
            function(response) {
                var posts = JSON.parse(response);
                for( var i = 0; i < posts.length; i++ ) {
                    if( posts[i] == false )
                    $('.load__more__button').text('Load More');
            $(document).ajaxStop(function () {
                clicked = false;
            clicked = true;


But replacing this part with an existing category name, it works.

    global $wp_query;

    $vardi = $wp_query->query_vars;

    $args__load['category_name'] = "business"; // $vardi['category_name'];

I guess it doesn't see wp_query. Thank you in advance for the help.

1 Answer 1


You have use ajaxurl when make post request - it's right way but it also mean that now $wp_query, in your my__load__more() function, work with your.site/wp-ajax url instead of your.site/taxonomy. That's why you couldn't get category name from $wp_query->query_vars.

First, I use add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'my__enqueue' ); for enqueue your scripts (see example below).

Second, I change arguments you pass to wp_localize_script() function. I offer get name of category when you add script to page instead of get it inside ajax handler:

add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'my__enqueue' );
function my__enqueue(){
    wp_enqueue_script( 'my__load__more', get_template_directory_uri() . '/assets/js/load_more.js', array( 'jquery' ), '1.0.0', true );

    global $wp_query;
    $vardi      = $wp_query->query_vars;
    $category   = isset( $vardi[ 'category_name' ] ) ? $vardi[ 'category_name' ] : '';

    $ajaxurl    = admin_url( 'admin-ajax.php' );

    wp_localize_script( 'my__load__more', 'my__params', array(
        'ajaxurl'   => $ajaxurl,
        'category'  => $category,
    ) );

Of course, you could add parameter category in same way you add ajaxurl in your code:

wp_localize_script( 'my__load__more', 'my__category', $category );

Pay attention

If you are going to use array in wp_localize_script() function note that now you need use it in your js code as an object element, e.g., my__params.ajaxurl instead of ajaxurl

Third, we need to change your post call:

$.post(my__params.ajaxurl, // if you use array
    'action': 'my__load__more',
    'addNum': addNum,
    'getChoose': getChoose,
    'category': my__params.category, // pass category to handler

Fourth, and last, change handler:

function my__load__more(){
    // this is your handler beginning

    $args__load = array(
        'posts_per_page' => -1,
        'post_type'      => 'post',
        'post_status'    => 'publish',

    if( !empty( $_POST[ 'category' ] ) ) $args__load[ 'category_name' ] = $_POST[ 'category' ];

    $articles = new WP_Query( $args__load );
    // this is your handler ending

Value in $_POST[ 'category' ] could be empty, so we no need to use it in our query. Sure, you could add it directly to $args__load array with other parameters without any if, as you want.

Hope it helps ;)

  • Thanks so much man! There is only one wrong part in your codes, I fixed it!
    – en0ndev
    Commented Jan 21, 2021 at 15:35
  • @flash, it was pleasure to help!
    – burlakvo
    Commented Jan 21, 2021 at 15:40

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