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Show some specific posts first then all posts

  • I have a check box custom field “featured portfolio”. There are only 6 posts checked in this specific custom field. I want to show all portfolios but the featured portfolios first.

    Here is the query:

     $post_query = new \WP_Query(array(
                                        'post_type' => 'portfolio',
                                        'posts_per_page' => -1,
    									'meta_key' => array('handpicked_projects'),
    									'orderby' => 'meta_value date',
    									'order'	=> 'DESC'

    I am able to show the featured portfolios. All I want is to show all but featured first.

  • Hi
    Check your code.
    new \WP_Query has a random backslash
    'orderby' => 'meta_value date', you’re ordering by a date field?

    You could check the ACF docs on querying by custom fields. The WP Docs show how to order by custom fields

  • It depends on what type of field the “featured portfolio” field is, you say checkbox, does that mean a true false field?

    You need a field that is sortable. A true false field stores a 0 or 1, so it is sortable.

    'meta_query' => array(
      'featured_clause' => array(
        'key' => 'field_name',
        'compare' => 'EXISTS'
    // order by featured clause descending, true will be shown first
    'orderby' => array('featured_clause' => 'DESC', 'date' => 'DESC')
  • As I said I have figured out to show the featured projects which are controlled by an ACF field. NOt a big deal to sort them.

    All I want is to show other posts which are not featured in this post type.

    Like this:

    Project 1 (featured)
    Project 2 (featured)
    Project 3
    Project 4

    In this case, do I need to run another loop to show non-featured posts? If yes, how would I approach it?

  • Solved. I was using a single value YES. When I add Yes and NO, it works. But I have to check the YES/NO box every time to return the value. Thanks, John for your awesome plugin.

  • Codes are fine. I was extending an elementor addon.

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