I'm currently working on a Magazine style website and on the main page I have three different sections where I display the latest news. Slider, latest news and more news.

The problem is I can't figure out how to avoid duplicate posts on each one.

Here is a sample of the query:

// build query
query_posts( $this->getQueryParams($type, $esc_category, $this->escapeText($data['number_of_posts'])) );
// loop
while (have_posts()) : the_post();

Each section is called as a "Module" so this same code applies for the rest of the queries.


2 Answers 2


You can use a static class property to store a rolling list of posts that are used in previous queries. This method allows you to pass data between classes (widgets, modules, plugins, etc...), but will also work for a procedural workflow. Everything on the page that uses your intermediary class will know what posts to exclude.

Step 1: Create a class that has a static $posts property

You will need getter and setter methods.

class RollingPostsIndex{
    public static $posts = array();

    public function set($new_posts){
        $previous_posts = self::get();
        $posts = array_push($previous_posts, $new_posts);
        return self::$posts = $posts;

    public function get(){
        return self::$posts;

Step 2: Create two helper functions to for setting and getting.

function add_rolling_posts($post_ids);

function get_rolling_posts(){
    return RollingPostsIndex::get();

Step 3: Track your post ids within your WP_Query instance loops

$post_ids[] = $post->ID;

Step 4: Add the new section post IDs array to the RollingPostsIndex static property

Use the API function we created earlier.


Step 4: Add an argument to your WP_Query instance to exclude previously used post ids.

$args['__post_not_in'] = get_rolling_posts();

I've tested this method extensively, and it works really well to keep track of post ids throughout the entire page load.

Hope this helps you out!

  • The file where all the queries are is called "Modules.php". From within a page I can call each individual "module" onto the index page. Aug 4, 2012 at 19:36
  • @MartinHasan Is each 'module' in a function? Aug 4, 2012 at 19:39
  • Exactly. It's all in one file. Aug 4, 2012 at 19:52
  • Are you able to edit the modules.php file? Aug 4, 2012 at 19:53
  • Yeah, I've tried a couple of thing with no success. Aug 4, 2012 at 19:56

First, you should be using WP_Query rather than query_posts for these queries. query_posts is for altering the main query, but even in that case there are better methods.

Refer to WP_Query Post and Page parameters to see how to exclude posts from queries:

$id_to_exclude = 42;

$args = array(
    'post__not_in' => array( $id_to_exclude )
$results = new WP_Query( $args );
  • The thing is I'm working off a theme, that's why I can't go back and edit the entire code. Aug 4, 2012 at 19:26

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