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    I have two loops: one in the Header and the standard main one.

    The one in the Header is supposed to retrieve records that match 2 categories for the whole current year. What is happening is that the first loop is only returning records in the matched categories from the 8 records returned by the main loop (main loop set to return only last 8 records).

    Header loop:

    The main loop is unchanged.

    I thought that $my_query = new WP_Query would retrieve all records that match cat_1 and cat_2 for the whole year. Instead it returns only for those in the 8 records returned by the main loop. So if the main loop does not contain any records with those 2 categories, the Header loop displays nothing (even if there are lots for this year).

    Thanks for any help.

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  • I am familiar with ‘category__in’, but not ‘category_name__in’. Are you sure that is a valid parameter? Try using ‘category__in’ with category IDs in the array.

    Thanks vtxyzzy for the suggestion, it worked!

    The category_name__in used to work in v2.9.1 — it stopped working when I upgraded to v2.9.2.

    category__in with the IDs works again. But it does not return ALL the posts that match the categories (name or ID) for the year.

    Is the Year test coded correctly? I would like to display all the recs for the current Year or current Year and Month.

    The year looks OK. Maybe you are limited by the number of posts per page. Try setting the posts_per_page in the args like this:

    <?php $my_query = new WP_Query(array(
      'posts_per_page' => -1)); ?>


    I also added a:

    ‘monthnum’=>date(‘m’) to restrict for the month.

    Thanks so much vtxyzzy!!!

    Hmm–don’t see any reference to category_name__in in core code. Did a plugin provide that?


    Not sure. I probably saw category_name used on one of the example pages and added the __in myself (duh!). It “seemed” to work until now. 😉

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