Many searches and tests but in vain, I need an expert to rescue me.

I need a custom post query in worpdress, which returns only 5 posts starting from a specific post. In other terms, there is a div in single.php where i need the list of 5 posts starting from the current post (the post returned by single.php)

I hope I was clear thanks for your valuable help.

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You can do this by using get_adjacent_post() and the filter get_previous_post_where or get_next_post_where. You'll call get_adjacent_post() as normal, but you'll need to change the LIMIT to 5, using the filter.

I wasn't sure from the question whether or not you wanted to have the current post be first. If you do, you'll need to set the LIMIT to 4 and then use the current postdata to generate the first post.

I would create an array of post ids, and then use get_post() when you iterate through them, as I believe that get_adjacent_post() will return raw rows from the database.

  • sorry for the delay in answer, thank you I am going to test this solution starting from now and feedback May 11, 2012 at 17:14
  • Frankly i dont know how to use get-previous_post_where there is no doc on internet, in addition they say this hook is renamed. can u please give me more details if possible, thanks in advance. May 11, 2012 at 23:21
  • The actual hook name is get_{$adjacent}_post_where. Have you gone and actually looked at the source for get_adjacent_post()? It's been quite some time since I wrote this answer, and I did not write it off the top of my head, I had to research it, so it'll probably be about as quick for you to figure it out as it will for me. If you're having a particular issue with it, I can help with that, but I try to avoid just giving code, as I feel it contributes to a lack of understanding in the community.
    – mor7ifer
    May 12, 2012 at 2:51
  • I was needing one year science and experience to understand this. Thank you very much. Jun 13, 2013 at 2:04

You have to keep resetting the $post variable to advance the loops post counter.

Use something like this:

    global $post;
    get_header(); ?>

    <div id="container">
        <div id="content" role="main">

        /* Run the loop to output the post.
         * If you want to overload this in a child theme then include a file
         * called loop-single.php and that will be used instead.
        if(have_posts()) while(have_posts()): the_post();
            for($i = 0;$i < 4;$i++)
                $post = get_next_post();
                    echo '<br/>';
                    //or whatever code you need to output
                    //no next post found

        </div><!-- #content -->
    </div><!-- #container -->
  • sorry for the delay in answer, thank you I am going to test this solution starting from now and feedback May 11, 2012 at 17:14

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