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Exclude a meta key value from second loop (1 post)

  1. enderpal444
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I have two loops. One loop pulls posts for the meta_value $artist_name. The second loop pulls posts from a search of $artist_name but I need to exclude the meta_value $artist_name. I tried using 'meta_compare' => '!=' but it's still showing the posts with the meta_value. Here's the two loops. What am I missing?

    <?php
      global $artist_name;
      $args = array(
        'showposts' => 8,
        'order' => 'DESC',
        'cat' => '3',
        'meta_key' => 'artist_name',
        'meta_value' => $artist_name,
       );
      query_posts($args);
      if (have_posts()) : ?>
    <?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); if($current_post_id==get_the_ID()) continue; ?>
    
    <?php
      global $artist_name;
      $search_term = get_post_meta($post->ID,'artist_name',true);
      $args = array('cat' => '3', 'posts_per_page' => 4, 's' => $search_term, 'meta_key' => 'artist_name', 'meta_value' => $artist_name, 'meta_compare' => '!=');
      $my_search = new WP_Query($args);
      if ($my_search->have_posts()) : while ($my_search->have_posts()) : $my_search->the_post(); ?>

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