Let's say I have this Query to which I fetch all my WP posts and then use PHP to filter out even further:


$posts = get_posts(array(

    'tax_query' => array(
                'taxonomy' => 'type',
                'field'    => 'slug',
                'terms'    => array( 'campaign' ),
    'post_type'         => 'post',
    'posts_per_page'    => 999999999999999999,
    'orderby'               => 'rand',

if( $posts): ?>
            <?php foreach( $posts as $post ): setup_postdata( $post ) ?>

// Filter out users with funds with PHP
$post_id = get_the_ID();
$advertiser_id = get_post_field( 'post_author', $post_id );
$advertiser_userfunds=get_user_meta( $advertiser_id, 'userfunds' , true );
if ($advertiser_userfunds > 0):?>

//5 posts left in the loop after filtering out users with funds

<?php endif;?>      

<?php endforeach; ?>
 <?php wp_reset_postdata(); ?>

<?php endif; ?>         

So let's say I'm left with a loop of 5 posts now.

My question is, is there any way to show just 1 post?

It can be in a random order, or simply showing first or last post from the loop?

I know there's a php code if in_array(). Maybe I could implement this somehow?

Desperately need help.

  • 1
    Are you looking for the break keyword? Sep 24, 2021 at 21:10
  • Solved it, anyway, thanks for your effort, Ivan!
    – robert0
    Sep 24, 2021 at 21:37
  • orderby => 'rand' is generally a bad idea, for what it's worth.
    – vancoder
    Sep 24, 2021 at 22:05
  • I know, but that's the only solution that is actually doing what I want right now. But, I know it does take a lot of processes and slows down when more posts will be published. Will do the job for now, will think of the other randomizer solution later.
    – robert0
    Sep 24, 2021 at 22:08
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    If you only want 1 post, why are you asking for 999999999999999999? This query is extremely slow/expensive
    – Tom J Nowell
    Sep 24, 2021 at 22:30

1 Answer 1


Solved the problem by inserting this:

<?php if (in_array($counter, array(0)) ) :?>
// show content
<?php $counter++; endif;?>

The above basically displays only 1 post that is first in the array.

In case anyone needs to solve a problem like this.

  • I could see why you used a custom counter (in the if ($advertiser_userfunds > 0) block), but then why not just do <?php if ( 0 === $counter ) :?> instead of <?php if (in_array($counter, array(0)) ) :?>? And btw, the question is actually a generic PHP question and should instead be asked on Stack Overflow. 🙂
    – Sally CJ
    Sep 25, 2021 at 3:53
  • 1
    Also, variables need to be defined before attempting to use them, so make sure you define $counter, e.g. $counter = 0; before the foreach( $posts as $post )
    – Sally CJ
    Sep 25, 2021 at 4:23

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