I have two cpt's, events and reports, they both share the taxonomy locations, I have my taxonomy-locations.php, but that is showing reports & events for location, I just want to show reports for location. Can someone help me out with how this query should go?


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Before the loop in your taxonomy-locations.php file,

global $wp_query;
$args = array_merge( $wp_query->query, array( 'post_type' => 'report' ) );
query_posts( $args );

You could, alternatively, modify the query using an appropriate hook (this would be the most effecient method) - but since it is run for most queries, you would need to check it's actually a query for which you want to set post type to 'report'. For example:

function my_restrict_to_report() {
    //And any other checks
    if (!is_admin() && is_tax('location')) {
add_action( 'pre_get_posts', 'my_restrict_to_report' );

Not tested

  • Thanks Stephen, perfect timing as I was just asked to show the site in its current status.
    – Chuck
    Feb 24, 2012 at 17:56
  • nice job remembering the is_admin() check Feb 24, 2012 at 18:01
  • @helgatheviking I'm not sure it's necessary - I think is_tax covers it, but better safe than sorry I suppose... Feb 24, 2012 at 18:05

i believe you can also do this via the pre_get_posts action. the $query variable is the entire query object and it is passed 'by reference' meaning that anything you do to it inside the function will modify the original query

add_action('pre_get_posts', 'kia_limit_tax' );

function kia_limit_tax( $query ) {
    //check that we're in the locations taxonomy before modifying the query
            //which is the more elegant way to write this:

is_taxonomy() is deprecated and is_tax() should be used http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/is_tax

  • Good point about the set_query_var. is_taxonomy is depreciated though, and returns true if 'locations' exists as a taxonomy, not if the locations archive page is being displayed. Feb 24, 2012 at 17:26
  • really? that's a bummer. how are you supposed to do it now then? there is clearly a difference between whether a tax exists and whether you are on that tax's archive.. to taxonomy_exists() doesn't seem right Feb 24, 2012 at 17:47
  • is_tax checks if its the taxonomy's archive page. Feb 24, 2012 at 17:52
  • yup, just found that myself. will correct. Feb 24, 2012 at 17:53

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