I've been bashing my head against my desk all afternoon trying to figure this out. I've got a custom post type all set up, with hierarchical set to "true" and I can assign parents and see the relationship in the back end. Which is great.

Except I want to list the children (and siblings) of my special new post type. I found this code

<?php if($post->post_parent)
$children = wp_list_pages("title_li=&child_of=".$post->post_parent."&echo=0");
$children = wp_list_pages("title_li=&child_of=".$post->ID."&echo=0");
if ($children) { ?>
    <?php echo $children; ?>
<?php } ?>

which works perfectly when I put it into a page template for pages. But it returns squat for the custom post template. I thought "$post->post_parent)" might be the issue -- but it's not:

 <h1 class="page-title"><a href="<?php echo get_permalink($post->post_parent) ?>" title="<?php printf( __( 'Return to %s', 'your-theme' ), wp_specialchars( get_the_title($post->post_parent), 1 ) ) ?>" rev="attachment"><span class="meta-nav">&laquo; </span><?php echo get_the_title($post->post_parent) ?></a></h1>

(lifted from an attachment template) does give me a back link to the parent. -- so maybe it has something to do with wp_list_pages? Maybe it's something else? I'd appreciate any ideas.

Thanks in advance,


3 Answers 3


As name hints wp_list_pages() is intended for use with pages. As in "a page page". It uses get_pages() internally, which has post_type argument that defaults to page.

I am not sure at all this is supposed to work for non-pages, but you can try to pass your custom post type as that post_type argument.

  • Hi Rarst -- thanks for the help: The codex does say that you can run list pages through custom post types -- i tried to copy and paste the bit in but it was scrambled -- link is codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/… --- any idea how i could put them together?
    – Martin
    Commented Dec 8, 2010 at 22:03
  • I am not sure from your comment - is this something that you discovered after my answer or something you tried and it didn't help?
    – Rarst
    Commented Dec 8, 2010 at 22:10
  • the function in the codex will spit out all the pages in a given post type (pretty much treating it like a category, i think) -- I'm so so with php but I can't see a way to use it to list children -- i was wondering if you might? Alternatively -- is there a way to run list pages through get_pages (with the post_type changed) manually?
    – Martin
    Commented Dec 8, 2010 at 22:14
  • If it helps what I'm trying to do is this: show a bunch of books in a grid. Each book opens to a synopis, but I need to link an exerpt somehow. So I'm trying to create a relationship between two posts, essentially. If there's a smarter way to do it -- that would be awesome
    – Martin
    Commented Dec 8, 2010 at 22:16
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    If code from your question does what you want for pages just try adding &post_type= your custom post type.
    – Rarst
    Commented Dec 8, 2010 at 22:25

I'm trying to do something very similar. Here's what I've got so far, using a custom post type of "product":

$children = wp_list_pages("sort_column=menu_order&title_li=&child_of=".$post->post_parent."&post_type=productE&echo=0")

this generates the list; unfortunately the links are generated as siteurl.com/parent-product/child-page

which causes a 404. Doing a view from the edit screen shows the desired url as siteurl.com/?product=child-page

I'm using the More Types plugin, so set the permalink base for the custom post type to product, using the advanced tab while editing the type.

This did the trick for me.


Hmm... Another consideration when using wp_list_pages for custom post types is making sure you register the custom post type with the 'capability_type' => 'page' NOT 'post'.... eg:

    register_post_type( 'mycpt',
        'labels' => array(
            'name' => __( 'MyCPTs' ),
            'singular_name' => __( 'MyCPT' )
    'public' => true,
    'show_ui' => true,
    'show_in_nav_menus' => true,  
        'capability_type' => 'page',
        'menu_position' => 20,  
        'hierarchical' => true,  
        'rewrite' => true,  
        'supports' => array('title','editor','page-attributes')


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