Support » Fixing WordPress » wp_query orderby not working in custom loop

  • Resolved Roy Tanck


    I’m building a theme for a WPMU 2.7.1 hosted blog. The client wants an archive of all posts on every single post page, which is why I’m using wp_query to create a second loop. My problem is that the ‘orderby’ parameter seems not to work propery.

    I use an $order var that can be either ‘date’, ‘author’, ‘rand’ or ‘title’. (This code also includes a fix I found that restores the old query that may not be needed here.)

    	$temp = $wp_query;
    	$wp_query= null;
    	$wp_query = new WP_Query();
    	$ascdesc = ( $order == 'title' || $order == 'author' ) ? 'ASC' : 'DESC';
    	$queryStr = 'showposts=-1&orderby='.$order.'&order='.$ascdesc;
    <?php while ($wp_query->have_posts()) : $wp_query->the_post(); ?>
    <!-- loop stuff -->
    <?php endwhile;?>
    <?php $wp_query = null; $wp_query = $temp;?>

    Om my test install of WPMU 2.3.3 (which I need to keep at that old version to match another client install) it works OK, except for ‘rand’ which orders by date.

    On the 2.7.1 install, no matter which order I select, posts are always ordered by date.

    Does anyone have any idea what could be wrong here?

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  • MichaelH


    I don’t see where $order is ever set.

    Add this just before the query to check the value of $queryStr

    echo "<pre>"; print_r($queryStr); echo "</pre>";

    Also note that the MU forums are at:

    Roy Tanck


    Hi MichaelH. I did that, and the query looks 100% OK to me. This is from the client’s blog:


    I wasn’t (and still am not) sure this is an MU issue. Don’t have a regular WP version running anywhere of the same version, but will try 2.8.4 to see if the theme works correctly there.

    EDIT: all sort options work under regular WP 2.8.4



    Okay. Marking this resolved.

    Roy Tanck


    Thanks. I’ll post over at the MU forums to see if there are any known issues with ‘orderby’ under 2.3.3 and 2.7.1. I need to target 2.7 for now.

    Hello everybody,

    I’ve just set up 2.9.1 and it seems that orderby does not work. Here is my code :

    $my_query = new WP_Query('showposts=2&cat=33&orderby=meta_value&meta_key=Date_Tri&order=desc');
    echo $my_query->query;
    $wpdb->show_errors()."<br />";
    while ($my_query->have_posts()) {
    	echo "<h2><b><u>";
    	echo get_post_meta($post->ID, 'Date_Tri', true).the_title();
    	echo "</u></b></h2>";

    Date_tri is some kind of text date ( 2009-02-15 for instance)

    which gives :


    Post one text ….

    Los Van Van au Bataclan le 2 mars 2010
    Post two text ….

    Have I missed anything ?

    Thank you for your help

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