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Taxonomy field return used in post query

  • I am trying to create several areas in a site which show 2 recent posts from a specific category, and I want to use a ACF fields to allow the site admin to choose/change the category displayed.

    I have set up a group of taxonomy fields – settings as follows:

    • Taxonomy: Category
    • Appearance: Select
    • Return Value: Term Object

    I am implementing these fields as follows:

    <?php if(have_rows('page_sections')) : while(have_rows('page_sections')) : the_row(); ?>
      $cat = get_sub_field('category');
      $cat_id = esc_html( $cat->ID );
      $cat_args = array(
       'cat' => $cat_id,
       'nopaging' => false,
       'posts_per_page' => 2,
       'ignore_sticky_posts' => 1
      $cat_query = new WP_Query( $cat_args );
      if ( $cat_query->have_posts() ) : ?>
      <h3><a href="<?php echo esc_url( get_term_link( $cat ) ); ?>"><?php echo esc_html( $cat->name ); ?></a></h3>
      <?php while ( $cat_query->have_posts() ) : $cat_query->the_post(); ?>
       <!-- Displaying post data here -->
      <?php endwhile; ?>
      <?php wp_reset_postdata(); ?>
     <?php else : endif; ?>
    <?php endwhile; ?>
    <?php else : endif; ?>

    My issue is that the cat => part of the query makes no difference to the result. I am getting the 2 most recent posts of all categories rather than the specified one.

    How do I get the term object from the sub field to filter my query?


  • A term object is returned and $cat->ID has no value. This should be causing an error.

    I don’t know why your calling esc_html

    $cat_id = $cat->term_id;
  • Yup you’re quite right. I found this just before I saw your reply. I called esc_html simply because I was trying everything I could think of. : )

    As always, thank you John!

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