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Creating a list of posts ordered by the values present in a custom field

  • Hello, good community!

    I have spent some time reading and searching but I still didn’t find a way to solve this problem.

    For each post I have custom-fields with numeric values. I would like a way to create a page with a list of posts ordered (in ascending or descending order) by the value of that custom-field.

    I found this plugin http://www.christianschenk.org/projects/wordpress-list-posts-custom-field-plugin/ that makes the list but doesn’t have (yet) the ability to order the posts by the value in the custom-field (just by date, title,..)

    There must be a way to do this because I find it very useful to present a list of the posts of a blog ordered by rating, for instance.

    In my blog (it’s a movie quiz – http://www.iknowthatmovie.com) I have three numeric values for each post:

    1) classification of the quiz’s difficulty as voted by users
    2) number of users who have seen that film
    3) time to solve the quiz (in minutes)

    I would like to create pages with a list of posts oredered by these numeric values.

    Can anyone help me?

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  • how about doing it client side with jquery? then you could change between the 3 ranking options.

    I don’t have programming skills to do that and I don’t understand what you mean.

    I was hoping someone knew some plugin or piece of code that could do this. I think it’s useful and must be a common problem (to make a list of the posts ordered by ratings, for instance).

    something like this

    look here http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Tags/query_posts

    and here http://wordpress.org/support/topic/277454?replies=6

    Hi! Thanks for your answer. I didn’t know query_posts and tested it and it will be useful, for sure.

    However, that’s not what I intended. I wanted a page with a list of the posts ordered by a numeric value (a text list with the titles of the posts). I want to create a new page that contains the post list, like this one: list made with the plugin.

    That plugin seems great but can’t order the posts by a numeric value in a custom-field.

    I’m finding odd that nobody hasn’t made this before 🙂 It must be there somewhere.

    the orderby=meta_value_number should order the posts by their numeric custom field value, or did you mean something different?

    I meant a page that has a text list of all my posts.


    Ordered posts by ratings;

    1. Post Title 37 – 5.0
    2. Post Title 32 – 4.8
    3. Post Title whatever – 4.6
    4. Post Title hello – 4.5
    5. Post Title title – 4.1

    I don’t want to alter the loop to display my posts by any kind of order. I want a page that is a list of links to my posts (ordered by some value). Each link has the text of the post title and points to it.

    the idea is to use the loop (which you can have on any page using a custom page template and query_posts), use the query_posts I posted earlier with the key for your ratings, ordered by the value of the key, then inside the loop use something like

    <h2><a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a> - <?php $key="mykey"; echo get_post_meta($post->ID, $key, true); ?></h2>

    So I can have another page with the loop and order the posts with query_post. But how can I create that page properly?

    Here is what I did: I went to my theme folder. I copied the index.php and created another file called order.php. The only difference in order.php is that I use query-posts to sort them in a different way. Now I have the order.php file in my theme folder. How to access it? How can I make a link in other pages to that file in order to present the sorted posts?

    I’m not seeing the whole picture here.


    Well, finally I got some time to take a look at this.

    Thanks a lot for your tips. I was able to do exactly what I wanted with your help – two lists of posts ordered by a numerical value.

    Here is the one ordered by the classification of the posts:


    Here is the one ordered by the number of views of each post:


    I also used thumbnails in the lists.

    Thanks for your help.

    no worries! site looks good.

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