/* Mini-Features */
        <div id="sub-featured" class="<?php echo $main_css_class; ?> section">
            <h2 class="section-title"><?php echo stripslashes( $featured_title ); ?></h2>

                query_posts( 'suppress_filters=0&post_type=infobox&order=ASC&posts_per_page=' . $mini_features_number );
                if ( have_posts() ) { $count = 0; while ( have_posts() ) { the_post(); $count++;

                $excerpt = stripslashes( get_post_meta( $post->ID, 'mini_excerpt', true ) ); 
                $button = get_post_meta( $post->ID, 'mini_readmore', true );
                $post_class = 'post block';

                if ( $count % $mini_features_count == 0 ) { $post_class .= ' last'; }
                <div <?php post_class( $post_class ); ?>>

                        <a href="<?php echo $button; ?>" rel="bookmark" title="<?php the_title_attribute(); ?>"><?php woo_image( 'key=mini-image&width=300&height=150&class=thumbnail aligncenter&link=img' ); ?></a>

                        <h3 class="title"><a href="<?php echo $button; ?>" rel="bookmark" title="<?php the_title_attribute(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></h3>
                        <?php if ( $excerpt ) { ?>
                        <div class="entry">
                            <?php echo $excerpt; ?>
                        <?php } ?>

                </div><!-- /.post -->
                if ( $count % $mini_features_count == 0 ) { echo '<div class="fix"></div>'; }
                } // End WHILE Loop
            } else {
                <div class="post">
                    <p><?php _e( 'Sorry, no posts matched your criteria.', 'woothemes' ); ?></p>
                </div><!-- /.post -->
            <?php } // End IF Statement ?>  
        </div><!-- /#mini-features -->

That's the code, somewhere within that I need to specify that only sticky_posts are displayed - this is where I come unstuck. I've taken a look at the Codex for both query_posts & sticky_posts & I've got to be honest - I'm not sure where I'd start to modify the above... The first thing I did was add the ability (to those custom post types) to include a Sticky Post meta box (thanks to: Sticky Custom Post Types - this worked a treat).

As part of the theme options I can specify how many posts I'd like to display (in my case 3x) but until I modify the above code to only display sticky_posts - I'll end up with 2x sticky_posts (& one other random one). I'm stuck, so any pointers would be greatly appreciated!

  • 1
    is this the main query for the page, or an additional query?
    – Milo
    Nov 12, 2012 at 1:38
  • I'd say it's additional;
    – Jason
    Nov 12, 2012 at 2:10
  • The full page code: link
    – Jason
    Nov 12, 2012 at 2:13

1 Answer 1


This may get a bit complicated, I would recommend not adding the sticky feature to other post types if you want to query them specifically, and instead using post meta to designate custom types as "sticky". If you use the sticky feature on multiple post types, you'll get unexpected results with the following code, as sticky posts are stored as an array of post IDs independent of the type of post they refer to. If you're not using the sticky feature on other post types, then the following code should work as expected.

First, sticky posts are saved in the option 'sticky_posts', to get a limited number of these IDs, we need to slice the array to grab only the amount we want, and then we pass that as the post__in argument of our query.

Second, sticky posts are added to a query on top of what you specify in the query, so one of the parameters we need to set is to ignore sticky posts, which seems counter intuitive, but we want to explicitly query for these posts ourselves, not have them added onto the query.

Lastly, since this is an additional query, we don't want to use query_posts, we use a new WP_Query instead.

// limit the number to our mini features number
$sticky = array_slice( get_option('sticky_posts'), 0, $mini_features_number );

$mini_features = new WP_Query(array(
    'post_type' => 'infobox',
    'post__in' => $sticky,
    'ignore_sticky_posts' => 1,
    'posts_per_page' => $mini_features_number // possibly redundant, but in case it's larger than default posts_per_page

while( $mini_features->have_posts() ):
    // your loop stuff
  • Wow, I'd never have had a chance. Thanks so much, I'll read (& no doubt re-read) through this. Thanks again!
    – Jason
    Nov 12, 2012 at 2:52

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