I have a category of posts for "events" and am using a custom field for the event date (that is different from the posting date). I need to have a section in my sidebar for "upcoming events" that will list the permalink to those events which have future dates, not events that have already passed.
In searching the Codex I found examples on how to structure a query on the post's custom fields, but since I am not a php programmer I don't know how to structure the query to check the custom field ('event_date') against the current date of any given date that someone could be looking at the blog, in order to display future (upcoming) events only.
I found this in the Codex:
<?php $querystr = " SELECT wposts.* FROM $wpdb->posts wposts, $wpdb->postmeta wpostmeta WHERE wposts.ID = wpostmeta.post_id AND wpostmeta.meta_key = 'tag' AND wpostmeta.meta_value = 'email' AND wposts.post_status = 'publish' AND wposts.post_type = 'post' ORDER BY wposts.post_date DESC "; $pageposts = $wpdb->get_results($querystr, OBJECT); ?>
Where it shows wpostmeta.meta_key as 'tag', mine is 'event_date', and where it shows wpostmeta.meta_value as 'email', mine is a date in this format: mm/dd/yy
Can anyone tell me how to modify the code above to check the event_date against the current date in order to display links to only those posts whose event_date is equal or greater than the current date?
Many thanks for any help anyone can offer!