Monthly Archives: November 2011

Template to List Posts By First Letter of Title, 1 Letter Per Page

This template is a variation of the one that shows posts or pages by first letter of title with a selected number of posts per page.

The template is written for the Twenty Ten theme.  You will probably need to modify it to tweak the appearance or work with a different theme.  The embedded CSS should really be moved to your stylesheet. Continue reading

List Post Titles Sorted on Custom Fields

The sample code here shows how to sort on the values of two Custom Fields, ‘Business Category’, and ‘Subcategory’, to produce a listing like this:


Auto Accessories

  • Acme Auto
  • Bleppo Auto Specialties

Auto Parts

  • Speedy Auto
  • Z’s Auto Parts

The approach is to use a custom query to select the posts and the two custom fields and specify the correct sort order.  The current category and subcategory are used to create control breaks for the proper styling.


// List posts by Business Category, Subcategory
$sql = "
SELECT p.*,m1.meta_value as category, m2.meta_value as subcategory
FROM $wpdb->posts p
JOIN $wpdb->postmeta m1 ON (p.ID = m1.post_id AND m1.meta_key = 'Business Category')
JOIN $wpdb->postmeta m2 ON (p.ID = m2.post_id AND m2.meta_key = 'Subcategory')
WHERE p.post_type = 'post'
   AND p.post_status = 'publish'
ORDER BY m1.meta_value, m2.meta_value, p.post_title
$all_posts = $wpdb->get_results($sql);
$curr_cat = '';
$curr_subcat = '';
$in_list = false;
foreach ($all_posts as $post) {
   $this_cat = $post->category;
   $this_subcat = $post->subcategory;
   if ($this_cat != $curr_cat) {
      $curr_cat = $this_cat;
      if ($in_list) {
         echo "</ul>\n";
         $in_list = false;
      echo "<h2>$curr_cat</h2>\n";
      $curr_subcat = '';
   if ($this_subcat != $curr_subcat) {
      $curr_subcat = $this_subcat;
      if ($in_list) {
         echo "</ul>\n";
      echo "<h3>$curr_subcat</h3>\n";
      echo "<ul>\n";
      $in_list = true;
   } ?>
   <li><a href="<?php echo get_permalink($postid); ?>" title="<?php the_title(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></li>
<?php }
if ($in_list) echo "</ul>\n";