I want to display the links to all posts of the same category of the current post on that page. I wrote the following code in the single.php file.

<?php $categories_of_this_post = get_the_category(); ?>
<?php $fist_category_id = $categories_of_this_post['0']->term_id; ?>
<?php $this_post_ID = get_the_ID(); ?>
<div class="related-posts">
    <?php query_posts( array ( 'cat' => $fist_category_id, 'orderby' => 'date', 'order' => 'ASC' ) ); ?>
    <?php if ( have_posts() ) : while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>
            <?php if (get_the_ID() != $this_post_ID) : ?>
            <a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a>
            <?php else : ?>
            <?php the_title(); ?>
            <?php endif; ?>
    <?php endwhile; else: ?>
    <p><?php _e('Sorry, no articles written under this category.'); ?></p>
    <?php endif; ?>

But this code returns all the posts found on the WordPress website. Where it goes wrong?

  • Use get_posts() instead.
    – kaiser
    Jul 4, 2012 at 11:16
  • Hello i have checked ur code. its showing all post of particular category. which category id is passed in query string
    – Arvind Pal
    Jul 4, 2012 at 11:31

1 Answer 1


I've not tested this, but the following is the method you shoulduse. Don't use query_posts.

 $cats_of_post= get_the_category();

      $cat_id = (int) $cats_of_post['0']->term_id;
      $related = get_posts(array(
           'numberposts'     => 5,
           'category'        => $cat_id,
           'orderby'         => 'post_date',
           'order'           => 'DESC',
           'exclude'         =>

       global $post;
       $temp_post = $post;?>

       <div class="related-posts">

       <?php if( $related ): ?>
               <?php foreach ($related as $post): ?>
                         <a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a>
                <?php endforeach; ?>

       <?php else: //No posts ?>
            <p><?php _e('Sorry, no articles written under this category.'); ?></p>

       <?php endif; ?>
       <?php $post = $temp_post; ?>
<?php }//Endif no $cats_of_post

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