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How do I filter and sort event posts with start and end date

  • Hello Everyone!

    Having a hard time nailing down a WP_Query, hoping for some help. I have a custom post type for events, with a start_date and end_date field. I’d like to get a list of future or ongoing events. That is events with a start date or end date that is greater then now. Here is what I have, it give me back a list of events, but not in the correct order:

    $query_args = array(
      'paged' => 1,
      'posts_per_page' => 6,
      'orderby' => 'meta_value_num',
      'order' => 'ASC',
      'post_type' => 'event',
      'post_status' => 'publish',
      'meta_key' => 'start_date',
      'meta_query' => array(
        'relation' => 'OR',
          'key' => 'start_date',
          'value' => date('Ymd', strtotime('now')),
          'type' => 'numeric',
          'compare' => '>=',
          'key' => 'end_date',
          'value' => date('Ymd', strtotime('now')),
          'type' => 'numeric',
          'compare' => '>=',
    $my_query = new WP_Query($query_args);
    • Elliot

    • October 30, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Hi @m4olivei

    Just to clarify, the meta_query is working, but the order is wrong?

    Your orderby param looks good. Have you debugged the SQL run on the WP_Query object?

    You can do this by simply printing out the object after you create it


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