I have read countless posts on ordering data by numeric value ( as opposed to string - it i have a numeric meta value and it gets ordered like this 1 11 12 2 233 etc as opposed to the way i want it

I am using WP_Query have tried using meta_query => 'NUMERIC' but i'm not sure if that's what it's actually supposed to do


$args =  array(
    'meta_query' => array(
                  'type' => 'NUMERIC'
    'orderby' => 'meta_value',
    'meta_key' => '_date',
    'post_type' => 'events',
    'posts_per_page' => 5,
    'order' => 'ASC'


1 Answer 1


you need to use

'orderby' => 'meta_value_num', 

also if you are ordering dates, the best advice is to put them in an easy to order way such as 2012-12-31

  • Thanks, that worked fine. Actually I have the day, month and year in separate meta values, which now presents the problem that i cant seemingly order by multiple meta values which was what I had planned. Commented Jan 12, 2012 at 2:46

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