I want to exclude some posts from the home page. So I want to use meta data, and filter all posts that are signed by meta_value=0. Like this:

$args = array(
'meta_query' => array(
    'key' => 'show_on_home',
    'value' => '0',
    'compare' => 'NOT LIKE'
$query = new WP_Query( $args );                         

So, if I sign some post with meta_key=0 it will not apear.
The problem is that I have a lot off posts that don't have meta data at all, and I don't want to filter them.

  • You could reverse the logic and query posts that have meta key 'show_on_home' + meta value '1'
    – diggy
    Commented Jan 11, 2013 at 13:43
  • @diggy, A lot of posts don't have meta data at all, so I can not do it
    – Shimon S
    Commented Jan 11, 2013 at 13:55

1 Answer 1


WordPress 3.5 and up supports EXISTS and NOT EXISTS comparison operators.

compare (string) - Operator to test. Possible values are '=', '!=', '>', '>=', '<', '<=', 'LIKE', 'NOT LIKE', 'IN', 'NOT IN', 'BETWEEN', 'NOT BETWEEN', 'EXISTS' (only in WP >= 3.5), and 'NOT EXISTS' (also only in WP >= 3.5). Default value is '='.



    'key' => 'show_on_home',
    'compare' => 'NOT EXISTS'

... should show all posts that don't have that key. I think that is what you are trying to do.

  • Thank you very much! to inckude posts that have value=1 on this key, I use this code: $args = array( 'posts_per_page'=>28, 'meta_query' => array( 'relation' => 'OR', array( 'key' => 'show_on_home', 'value' => '0', 'compare' => 'NOT EXISTS' ), array( 'key' => 'aa_show_on_home', 'value' => '1' ) ) ); $query = new WP_Query( $args );
    – Shimon S
    Commented Jan 12, 2013 at 16:52
  • Yes, but if you don't have too many with that '1' value, you'd get better performance by resetting that value and doing without that extra condition. ORs are not very efficient. Just something to consider.
    – s_ha_dum
    Commented Jan 12, 2013 at 16:53
  • Yes. I cheked it. it took 0.32 seconds vs 0.12 second without OR. Thank you very much!
    – Shimon S
    Commented Jan 12, 2013 at 19:11

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