question about wordpress WP_Query:

'post_type' => 'event_date' outputs dd/mm/yy ex: 31122012

I would like to order my frontend 'event_date' output not by latest WP post entry but by latest 'event_date'

Already tried 'order' => 'ASC' that sort only on WP post entry

Heres my code:

$arg = array('post_type' => 'livedates');
$the_query = new WP_Query($arg);
while($the_query->have_posts()) : $the_query->the_post();
$date = str_split(get_post_meta($post->ID, 'event_date', true), 2);

//the loop

  • 2
    Do you mean event date in a custom field? You'll need to store the date in reverse first of all. There are many questions on this site regarding sorting by meta data, I suggest doing a search.
    – Milo
    Dec 31, 2012 at 2:05

1 Answer 1


You can sort a query by a specified post meta field as a number or as a text field.

$query_args = array(
            'meta_key' => 'event_date',
            'orderby' => 'meta_value_num'
 $event_query = new WP_Query( $query_args );

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