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sort post by custom field for current category only (3 posts)

  1. drweb3110
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hiya I've got lots of campsite addresses and I have entered them into custom fields. On my side bar I have split the campsites up into counties by using the category function. So I have a parent category for all campsites and a child category for the county they are in.

    This works fine and when you choose to view all campsites I have a listed returned with campsites grouped by town order. However to replicate this town order at child category level I am having to create a category template page for each child category - if I try and use the parent category it shows all the posts for every campsite.

    What I was wondering is - can I restrict the list only the current category I'm looking in.

    The code I am using for sorting by custom field is -
    <?php $values=get_post_custom_values('County');echo $values[0];?>

    Hope this makes sense - any help would be really useful as I've googled this for ages and can't seem to to sort it. I can either do it the long way or hopefully one of you great code people can help.

  2. Bas Schuiling
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I'm not sure what you're getting at. First let's not mix up custom fields and (wordpress) categories here. As I understand you have the county value in a custom field. And then you want to only fetch the data of some county?

    If that's so, I think it can be done like this (according to codex) :

    query_posts('meta_key=color&meta_value=blue');

    The only problem you have is how to dynamically get the right county based on what you clicked? Perhaps you could make a link and then using $_GET var retrieve to county? I'm not sure if wordpress can do it otherwise, anyway.

  3. drweb3110
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks for that but it will return the same results.

    I'll try and describe this better - what I want is one category template (cat id 3) that I can then use by altering my functions.php to allow all the children to inherit that template - so from the outline below cats 11 and 12 would use the cat 3 template

    Category
    > Counties (Cat id 3)
    > Devon (Cat id 11)
    > Cornwall (Cat id 12)

    This works fine and will display only the posts from the child category using the cat 3 template - no problems. and I pull the posts by using the following simple piece of code -

    <?php if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>

    No what I've been trying to do is sort each of child category posts by town which is stored in a custom field by using this piece of code before the loop -

    <?php query_posts('meta_key=Town/City&orderby=meta_value&order=asc'); ?>

    This works fine for the parent category which shows all posts grouped by town alphabetically. However when I click on the child category it again shows all the posts from every county listed just like it did when you click the parent category.

    I think what I need is a statement that says if you are not in cat 3 then only show the posts from the child category you are in and then sort my custom field town.

    I may be asking too much here because of the inherit function - so I may have to bite the bullet and not inherit category templates and have a individual on for each child category. Which works how I want it too but I could end up having to create a few hundred, if I needed to make a styling change I'd have to then change every single child category template.

    Hope someone can understand and help.

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