Category Archives: Wordpress

Don’t use get_fields(‘options’) with ACF’s admin options!

I thought I was being smart by running
in a hook on load. Instead of having to call get_field for every option, I could just access this global. I mean, I knew globals were frowned upon but it seemed to make my life easier.

However, I was making 50+ unnecessary queries! It gets every single option, even those that are within groupings or repeater fields, by itself. So it would make 10 calls for one field grouping, but that field grouping only required calling the initial field.

In this example below, I am making one call to grab three fields that are grouping the admin. If I used get_fields, I’d be making at least 3!

    $colors = get_field('color', 'options);
    $background = $colors['background_field'];
    $primary_color = $colors['primary_color'];

WordPress Query: sort by meta_key && compare by meta_key

I needed to run a query that pulled all posts that had a specific value ( or values ), and sort them by another meta key.

The custom fields (meta keys) I am using in this example are:
  • Age
  • Favorite_Color
The Requirements:
  • Sort by “Age”, showing the youngest first.
  • Show all posts that have Favorite_Color == to $favorite_color.
    • Note: $favorite_color can be an array that has multiple colors.
Here is the query I found that works!
	$args = array(
			'post_type' => 'custom_post_slug', // or 'posts' if you don't have one.
			'posts_per_page' => -1, // get ALL posts
			'order_by' => 'title',
			'title_li' => '',
			'order' => 'ASC',
			'meta_key' => 'age',
 			'orderby' => 'meta_value_num', // sort by age.  use 'meta_value' if the values aren't just numeric.
			'meta_query' => array(
					'key' => 'favorite_color', 
					'value' => $favorite_color,
					'compare' => 'IN'	// because $favorite_color might be an array.  This will look IN the array.
$results = get_posts($args);

Hopefully this is helpful!

Query Multiple Meta Values in WordPress and use CONCAT()

I needed to pull two specific meta values for each custom post type into an array. I wanted them to be combined as one reference, and I wanted to use only one query.

With the help of multiple online sources, I was able to figure it out.
function get_your_meta($key1 = '', $key2 = '', $type = 'post', $status = 'publish') {
    global $wpdb;
    if(empty($key1) || (empty($key2))) {
    $r = $wpdb->get_results( $wpdb->prepare(
			CONCAT(pm.meta_value, ' ', pm2.meta_value) AS `name`,
		FROM {$wpdb->posts} p
		INNER JOIN {$wpdb->postmeta} pm
			ON p.ID = pm.post_id
        INNER JOIN {$wpdb->postmeta} pm2
			ON p.ID = pm2.post_id
		WHERE pm.meta_key = '%s'
		AND pm2.meta_key = '%s'
        AND p.post_status = '%s' 
        AND p.post_type = '%s'
    $key1, $key2, $status, $type) );
    return $r;
Simply call the function using
$arr = get_your_meta("meta_key_1", "meta_key_2", "post"); 
Of course, if you’re using a custom post type, change as such.