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Exclude categories from loop - not working (7 posts)

  1. Runtheball
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I'm trying to exclude several post categories from the loop on a page template file. I've been to http://codex.wordpress.org/The_Loop and followed the pretty simple instructions, but the following code is still including posts from the 'excluded' categories.

    <?php query_posts('cat=-6,-11,-12,-13,-14,-15,-16&posts_per_page=8'); ?>
            <?php if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>

    I've also tried it this way...

    <?php query_posts($query_string . '&cat=-6,-11,-12,-13,-14,-15,-16'); ?>
     <?php if ( have_posts() ) : while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>

    ...but that still doesn't exclude those categories.
    The only thing I can think of is that the above code is correct, but I have the category id's wrong. Here is a category link I obtained by hovering over the category from within the Admin Panel's Category page...
    http://mywebsite.com/wordpress/wp-admin/edit-tags.php?action=edit&taxonomy=category&tag_ID=11&post_type=post

    So why does the above code not exclude category 11?
    Entire page.php code follows:

    <?php
    /**
     * @package WordPress
     * @subpackage Default_Theme
     */
    
    get_header(); ?>
    
    <?php query_posts('cat=-6,-11,-12,-13,-14,-15,-16&posts_per_page=8'); ?>
            <?php if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
    
    	  <div class="post" id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>">
                 <h2><a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>" title="<?php the_title(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></h2>
     	     <?php if(is_page('news')) {?>
    	     	<div class="entry">
    		 <p class="postmetadata">
    			<?php _e('Filed under:'); ?>
    			<?php the_category(' , ') ?>
    			<?php _e(' | '); ?>
    			<?php the_time('j F, Y'); ?>
    			<?php _e('by'); ?>
    			<?php the_author();?>
    			<?php edit_post_link('Edit', ' | ', ''); ?>
    		<?php
                        global $more;
                        $more = 0;
                    ?>
                    <!--The $more variable above must be inserted ahead of the call to the content-->
                    <?php the_content('Read more...'); ?>
    
    		<?php wp_link_pages(array('before' => '<p><strong>Pages:</strong> ', 'after' => '</p>', 'next_or_number' => 'number')); ?>
    
    	    	</div>
    	   <?php } else { ?> <!-- if it is NOT the news page -->
    
    	     <div class="entry">
                 	<?php the_content(); ?>
    		<?php wp_link_pages(array('before' => '<p><strong>Pages:</strong> ', 'after' => '</p>', 'next_or_number' => 'number')); ?>
    	     </div>
               <?php }?>
    
    	</div><!-- end div class post -->
    	<?php endwhile; endif; ?>
    
    	<?php edit_post_link('Edit this entry.', '<p>', '</p>'); ?>
    
    <div class="clear"></div>
    
    <?php get_footer(); ?>
  2. alchymyth
    The Sweeper & Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    on a page template file

    what is the file name of that page template file?

    you posted code of page.php ('Entire page.php code follows') - what is the code of the page template?

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Pages#Creating_Your_Own_Page_Templates

  3. Runtheball
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    What I posted was my modified page.php file. This is termed the 'default template'.

  4. Runtheball
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I understand that I should have copied the page.php, renamed it, and then edited that file. What I'm doing here is modifying a site that I built 4 years ago. The page.php template file was modified during the original build. Now I'm trying to set up new pages each with their own loop to display specific post categories. The page.php file (from original post) should now only display only the 'news' category posts, and defaults to a basic layout if it is controlling a page other than 'news'.

  5. Runtheball
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Not sure if it matters, but I'm using the twentyten theme.

    Still wondering why neither of these work...

    <?php query_posts('cat=-6,-11,-12,-13,-14,-15,-16&posts_per_page=8'); ?>
            <?php if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
    <?php query_posts($query_string . '&cat=-6,-11,-12,-13,-14,-15,-16'); ?>
     <?php if ( have_posts() ) : while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>
  6. alchymyth
    The Sweeper & Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    doe not look as if it is based on Twenty Ten, more like on the former default Kubrick theme(?)

    The page.php file (from original post) should now only display only the 'news' category posts

    what is the output of that 'news' page?
    is it just a list of post titles from all categories?

    what other static pages do you hhave in teh site? and do they all display the same thing?

    other things to try:

    obviously depending on other circumstances, instead of excluding categories, you could just try to include the one category;

    <?php query_posts('category_name=news&posts_per_page=8'); ?>

    or you can try to rewrite your code:

    <?php query_posts(array('category__not_in' => array(6,11,12,13,14,15,16), 'posts_per_page' => 8)); ?>

  7. Runtheball
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Excellent! I greatly appreciate your help!

    what is the output of that 'news' page?
    is it just a list of post titles from all categories?

    Until this latest revision, yes it was just a list of all posts, excluding 'jobs' posts, which are now controlled with their own jobs.php template file. So now I've pulled out 'events' posts to their own template file, and only want the page.php file to display 'news' posts. Trying to exclude posts wasn't working, but I'm certain your two solutions would both work.

    I've been thinking that I should try to restore the original page.php file (it may be from Kubrick...4 years ago pre-dates even the twentyten theme), and then simply create a proper news.php template file for the news page. All other pages are static, so if your solutions don't work I'll try that instead.

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