I created a hierarchical custom post type for a gallery. The parent pages are the galleries and the child pages are the albums. I want to display the most recent albums on my sidebar (so basically the most recent child pages).

'post_parent' => 0

I only find this in the codex, but this is the opposite i want, this will only list the parent pages. Here is my code so far:

$albums = new WP_Query(array(
    'post_type' => 'gallery',
    'posts_per_page' => 6
  • Can you please include in your question the relevant register_post_type() code? Your terminology is a bit confusing. A page is a specific post-type, and I'm unsure if you simply mean that you've created a hierarchical gallery post-type, and refer to different content on parent vs. child gallery posts, or if you have a gallery post-type and an album post-type. – Chip Bennett Nov 25 '12 at 14:59
  • Sorry, its a bit confusing. Your first assume was right, i created a hierarchical post type called gallery. – passatgt Nov 25 '12 at 15:04

Assuming you know (or know how to get) the $id (as an integer) of the parent post, use the post_parent parameter:

$albums = new WP_Query(array(
    'post_type' => 'gallery',
    'posts_per_page' => 6,
    'post_parent' => $id


Based on this comment:

I don't know the parent post. I want to list the most recent child pages from ANY parent page.

While it is easy to query only parent pages (by passing 'post_parent' => 0), it is not quite so simple to query only child pages.

One method would be to query all gallery posts, loop through them, and add any that have a post_parent into another variable; then output that variable.

// Query all gallery posts
$all_albums = new WP_Query( array(
    'post_type' => 'gallery',
    'posts_per_page' => -1
) );

// Array to hold latest albums
$latest_child_albums = array();
// Latest album counter
$latest_albums_count = 0;
// If we already have 5, no need to keep looping
while ( 5 < $latest_albums_count ) {
    // Loop through each gallery post
    foreach ( $all_albums as $album ) {
        // If the current post has a parent
        if ( $album->post_parent != 0 ) {
            // Add it to the latest albums array
            $latest_child_albums[] = $album;
            // Increment the counter

// Loop through the array of latest albums
if ( $latest_child_albums->have_posts() ) : while ( $latest_child_albums->have_posts() ) : $latest_child_albums->the_post();
    // Loop content here
endwhile; endif;
// Be kind; rewind.
  • I don't know the parent post. I want to list the most recent child pages from ANY parent page. – passatgt Nov 25 '12 at 15:18
  • See updated answer... – Chip Bennett Nov 25 '12 at 15:29
  • The edited version is a solution, but i think its a little overkill? Especially if i have hundreds of albums. Its working, so thanks. – passatgt Nov 25 '12 at 15:39

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