I'm trying to run a WP_Query() with a bit of a twist.

I need to include two post_statuses and specifically exclude another.

I've got WP_Query( array( 'post_status' => array( 'publish', 'customstatus' ) ) ); which works, but it seems to also pull in auto-draft, which I can NOT have.

Is there a way to do like

'post_status' => array( array('publish', 'customstatus'), 'not_in' => 'auto-draft' ))

where I can include two and exclude one explicitly?


Things to note:

It depends on what type of page the query is happening

If you're logged in, private post status will be drawn in for example.

Use a filter

As the status is something that gets added to the WHERE clause, you have a pretty specific filter that you can use to alter the actual query string.

apply_filters_ref_array('posts_where', array( $where, &$this ) );

So an actual callback would look close to this general example:

add_filter( 'posts_where', 'wpse82200_posts_where_status' );
function wpse82200_posts_where_status( $where, $query )
    // Run only once; Don't intercept later queries
    remove_filter( current_filter(), __FUNCTION__ );

    // Do your replace logic here

    return $where;

Of course, you should add that filter callback right before the line where you do the query, so nothing gets in between. The example removes itself after firing once.

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