I have defined a post_view_count meta_key to store the number of post views. I would like to get an array of post ids sorted by post_view_count value to use in the functions.php file.


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It's easy. :) You would use get_posts function. See WP_Query class for complete list of parameters that you can use.

function get_posts_by_view_count() {
$ids = array();

$args = array(
    'orderby'   =>  'meta_value_num',
    'order'     =>  'DESC',
    'meta_key'  =>  'post_view_count'
$posts = get_posts( $args );

if( $posts ) {
    foreach( $posts as $post ) {
        $ids[] = $post->ID;

return $ids;
  • is there a way to make this more efficient? Ie return only the IDs as get_posts will actually return everything (wasting resources?). I've looked at get_column but that uses actual SQL which i'd rather avoid.
    – v3nt
    Commented May 21, 2012 at 13:08

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