I am writing a custom loop query to filter through a custom post type and custom taxonomy. I have replaced any variables with static values for the purpose of showing you what result I want.

$args = array(
    'manufacturer' => 'Keystone',
    'post_type' => 'rv',
    'category_name' => 'new',
    'rvtype' => 'fifth-wheel'

$loop = new WP_Query($args);

When I run this loop, instead of showing, just fifth-wheels, all posts under the manufacturer type 'Keystone' are shown. Why is this? Shouldn't this query only show posts with the custom taxonomy requested, under the post-type = rv, with the new category, with the rvtype = fifth-wheel?

Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

1 Answer 1


Pretty sure you can't match multiple taxonomy terms in a query--Wordpress will only honor the first one and ignore the rest.

Apparently, this is scheduled to be fixed in 3.1.

In the meantime, there is a plugin that'll fix you right up: http://scribu.net/wordpress/query-multiple-taxonomies

EDIT: If you want a non-plugin solution, let me know. I've got one I use.

EDIT: Here is the quick and dirty non-plugin way. Drop this code into your functions.php file.

function wpse_5057_match_multiple_taxonomy_terms($where_clause, $wp_query) {

    // If the query obj exists
    if (isset($wp_query->query)) {

        $multi_query = $wp_query->query;

        if (is_array($multi_query) && isset($multi_query['multiple_terms'])) {

            global $wpdb;
            $arr_terms = $multi_query['multiple_terms'];

            foreach($arr_terms as $key => $value) {

                $sql = "AND $wpdb->posts.ID IN(
                    SELECT tr.object_id
                    FROM $wpdb->term_relationships AS tr
                    INNER JOIN $wpdb->term_taxonomy AS tt ON tr.term_taxonomy_id = tt.term_taxonomy_id
                    INNER JOIN $wpdb->terms AS t ON tt.term_id = t.term_id
                    WHERE tt.taxonomy='%s' AND t.slug='%s')";

                $where_clause .= $wpdb->prepare($sql, $key, $value); // add to the where



    return $where_clause; // return the filtered where

add_action('posts_where','wpse_5057_match_multiple_taxonomy_terms',10,2); // Hook this to posts_where

Now, when you run a query, add a new argument called multiple_terms. This should contain an array where the key is the taxonomy name and the value is the value you'd like to match. Like so:

$args = array(
    'post_type' => 'rv',
    'multiple_terms' => array('manufacturer' => 'Keystone', 'rvtype' => 'fifth-wheel')

Works for me. This is modified from an idea I found on another forum or blog, but I can't find it for the life of me.

  • I would really appreciate your non-plugin solution. Hook me up? Dec 8, 2010 at 21:58
  • Modified my answer. Lemme know if it works for you!
    – MathSmath
    Dec 9, 2010 at 1:52

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