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How To Alphabetize Posts (3 posts)

  1. SiameseCat
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hi - I am learning how to customize my site (brandywinesoldiers.com) by following along with Chapter 5 of Hasin Hayder's WordPress Complete book. So far so good but now I'm stuck. I would like to alphabetize my posts (except for home page). I found this page: http://codex.wordpress.org/Alphabetizing_Posts - and inserted the code:

    <?php
    // we add this, to show all posts in our
    // Glossary sorted alphabetically
    if (is_category('Soldiers by Unit'))
    {
         $posts = query_posts($query_string .
    '&orderby=title&order=asc&posts_per_page=-1');
    }
    // here comes The Loop!
    if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>

    This works great but only for the category "Soldiers by Unit". But subcategories are not alphabetized. And other parent categories (like "Soldiers by Surname") are not alphabetized. How do I specify that it should alphabetize all posts for all categories (except for the category "frontpage" which I use for home page posts only)? Thanks for any help. I am just learning php.

  2. MichaelH
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Wouldn't you use something like

    if (!is_category('Soldiers by Surname'))

  3. SiameseCat
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Yes, I tried that and the only way I was able to get it to work was by repeating the bit of code before the loop twice. Like this:

    <?php
    // we add this to show all posts in a categoy sorted alphabetically
    if (!is_category('Soldiers by Unit'))
    {
         $posts = query_posts($query_string .
    '&orderby=title&order=asc&posts_per_page=-1');
    }
    if (!is_category('Soldiers by Surname'))
    {
         $posts = query_posts($query_string .
    '&orderby=title&order=asc&posts_per_page=-1');
    }
    // here comes The Loop!
    if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>

    And then the subcategories still did not alphabetize themselves. But now I notice that you have an exclamation mark in your bit of code. When I add that to my code (as above), all my posts alphabetize correctly. However, then there is a problem with the home page. I have the home page set up to display the category "frontpage" only. When I include the exclamation marks in the code above, the frontpage category does not display on my home page but the subcategories are alphabetized. When I remove the exclamation marks, the home page is fine but the subcategories do not display.

    Here is the bit of code from the book that I am using to display "frontpage" category posts on the home page:

    <?php if (is_home())
    {
    	query_posts("category_name='frontpage'");
            $homepage= true;
    }
    ?>

    It seems that it is getting overwritten?

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