I need to list posts in a very specific order that has nothing to do with the date of the posts or the title, or anything WordPress can figure out for me. I need this order to be used when I list posts in a category and on the category archive page itself.

Is it possible to do something like this, were $idlist was an array of post ids in the order I want, and it could loop through each one?

  <?php query_posts(post_id=$idlist); ?>
  <?php the_permalink(); ?> etc...

First off, query_posts is terrible doesn't use it. It does all kinds of fun things like mess up the very useful conditional tags like is_singular and the like as well as mess up pagination.

Short of hooking into the posts_orderby filter and writing some custom order by SQL, your best bet is to use the post__in argument combined with the post__in orderby argument that was added in WP 3.5.


$custom_query = new WP_Query(array(
    'post__in'  => array(1, 2, 4, 5, /* whatever your post ID's are here */),
    'orderby'   => 'post__in',

while ($custom_query->have_posts()) {
    // use the normal template tags here
    <a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>" title="<?php the_title_attribute(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a>

// restore the original query
  • Perfect. I put my final code in a gist for my own benefit and in case anyone is interested.
    – JPollock
    Mar 3 '13 at 21:32

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