Do I do this exactly the same way as I would with normal posts? I use a $featured_cat global variable and pull that out. Should I do the same here?

Or should I use an associated custom taxonomy? Or perhaps I am over-thinking it? Would there really be a benefit with taxonomies?

What's the right approach here, guys?

  • Can you edit your question and clarify what your $global_cat variable is? The ID of a specific category called "Featured"?
    – Jan Fabry
    Feb 21, 2011 at 15:22
  • no-no..in functions.php I use a global variable called $featured_cat to set one single featured category is all. Actually that's trivial information on my part cause all I really want to know is how to set a featured post within a series of custom post type content. Feb 21, 2011 at 15:30

2 Answers 2


Register a video post type and a "Featured Taxonomy" "Featured Custom Meta Select Box

The Post type:

function c3m_reg_vid_post() {
              $labels = array(
                'name' => _x('Videos', 'post type general name'),
                'singular_name' => _x('Video', 'post type singular name'),
                'add_new' => _x('Add New', 'video'),
                'add_new_item' => __('Add New Video'),
                'edit_item' => __('Edit Video'),
                'new_item' => __('New Video'),
                'view_item' => __('View Video'),
                'search_items' => __('Search Videos'),
                'not_found' =>  __('No videos found'),
                'not_found_in_trash' => __('No videos found in Trash'), 
                'parent_item_colon' => ''
              $args = array(
                'labels' => $labels,
                'public' => true,
                'publicly_queryable' => true,
                'show_ui' => true, 
                'query_var' => true,
                'show_in_nav_menus' => true,
                'can_export' => true,
                'rewrite' => array('slug' => 'video', 'with_front' => false),
                'capability_type' => 'post',
                'register_meta_box_cb' => 'c3m_video_meta', //This is for our custom meta box
                'hierarchical' => false,
                'menu_position' => 10,
               'taxonomies' => array('featured'),
                'supports' => array('title', 'editor' 'custom-fields')
              register_post_type('video', $args );

###The Taxonomy

On second thought lets use a custom field for the featured video post and create a drop down select custom meta box to choose if the post is featured.

Set up the custom meta box:

//hook to add a meta box
add_action( 'add_meta_boxes', 'c3m_video_meta' );

function c3m_video_meta() {
    //create a custom meta box
    add_meta_box( 'c3m-meta', 'Featured Video Selector', 'c3m_mbe_function', 'video', 'normal', 'high' );

function c3m_mbe_function( $post ) {

    //retrieve the meta data values if they exist
    $c3m_mbe_featured = get_post_meta( $post->ID, '_c3m_mbe_featured', true );

    echo 'Select yes below to make video featured';
    <select name="c3m_mbe_featured">
        <option value="No" <?php selected( $c3m_mbe_featured, 'no' ); ?>>No Way</option>
        <option value="Yes" <?php selected( $c3m_mbe_featured, 'yes' ); ?>>Sure Feature This Video</option>

//hook to save the meta box data
add_action( 'save_post', 'c3m_mbe_save_meta' );
function c3m_mbe_save_meta( $post_ID ) {
    global $post;
    if( $post->post_type == "video" ) {
        if ( isset( $_POST ) ) {
            update_post_meta( $post_ID, '_c3m_mbe_featured', strip_tags( $_POST['c3m_mbe_featured'] ) );


Here is our cool little featured video post selector we just created: enter image description here

Now lets query the video posts that are featured:

$args = array(
    'post_type' => 'video',
    'meta_query' => array(
            'key' => 'c3m_mbe_featured',
            'value' => 'yes',
            'compare' => 'NOT LIKE'
$query = new WP_Query( $args );

Same as with every other post type, really...use a category...or whatever other method you prefer (tag, custom taxonomy, custom metadata/field,...).

  • Got it but would love to see an example using custom taxonomy for a custom post type of videos. anyone? Feb 21, 2011 at 16:01
  • 1
    I believe "Sticky posts" are not supported for custom post types. At least this relevant ticket was reverted.
    – Jan Fabry
    Feb 21, 2011 at 16:18
  • @Ian Fabry you're right, edited the answer.
    – wyrfel
    Feb 22, 2011 at 3:56

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