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I have in my themes some code which will set a session variable. For the sake of example, it's a geolocation routine which will set to either USA, UK or ROW, resulting in:

$_SESSION['region'] = 'USA';

and I have a custom taxonomy of 'regionok' which any or all of the same terms are set.

I wish to use the session variable value as the taxonomy term to filter on.

The cleanest solution I can imagine would be to have a filter hook in my functions.php which would replace the placeholder term 'auto-region' with the session value before each query is executed. That way I can use widget plugins without having to hack them - I would just use the placeholder term in configuration. However, I don't know what the relevant hook would be.

(Other use cases would be session variables for family filter, referrer, etc. The geolocation example is entirely incidental.)

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If you want to apply this term filter to all queries on the site, then you'll want to use the 'parse_query' action. This action will accept the WP_Query instance as a parameter, which will allow you to add a term filter based on the $_SESSION variable.

  • Yep. That works. Ta. – Paul Gregory Jan 10 '12 at 22:07

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