I have a Page of Posts, each post has a Custom Field "expired" which contains a date in the format YYYY-MM-DD which is used to order the posts. This date is used for a script that tells the visitor if an offer has either expired or is valid for X days more.

My array is as follows:

$postid = get_the_ID();
$meta1 = get_post_meta($postid, 'shop', true);
$paged = (get_query_var('paged')) ? get_query_var('paged') : 1;

$args = array(
'post_type' => 'post',
'meta_query' => array(
        'key' => 'shop',
        'value' => $meta1
'paged' => $paged,
'posts_per_page' => '4',
'meta_key' => 'expired',
'orderby' => 'meta_value',
'order' => 'ASC'

$query = new WP_Query( $args );

This orders the posts using the meta_value of "expired", earliest date at the top.

When the "expired" meta_value date is before 'TODAY' the post script will show "EXPIRED"

When the "expired" meta_value date is after 'TODAY' the script will show "Expires in X days"

How posts currently display:

When a post 'expires' it currently stays at the top of the post list.

Post 1: Expired
Post 2: Expired
Post 3: Expires in 3 days
Post 4: Expires in 4 days
Post 5: Expires in 6 days

Instead, I'd like to automatically order it thus: (note Post # for comparison to above)

Post 3: Expires in 3 days
Post 4: Expires in 4 days
Post 5: Expires in 6 days
Post 2: Expired
Post 1: Expired

How can I create a custom order where once a post expires (ie. it's 'expired' date is before Today's date) it is put to the back of the post list yet still above older expired posts?

Thank you.

1 Answer 1


At first glance, I would think your query isn't correct. Are you echoing out the variables to make sure they are correct? If you are setting

'post_per_page' => 4

and you are getting 5 posts, then something seems a bit off. Where it is a number, I believe you can leave off the quotes around it. If that doesn't fix it, I would echo out $meta1 to make sure that is querying correctly, then I would even try

'order' => 'DESC'

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