Create a Post Grid with advanced queries for Elementor free version This tutorial will help you to create fully customizable Post Grid step by step without any coding.
The purpose of this documentation is to let you to create, organize and place your posts in any place with multiple instances.
After that you can Query and filters posts or Custom Post Type by authors, Custom Fields and their related values.
Customize the posts with advanced sorting options, add filters and apply some skins.
The Post grid builder makes intensive use of Dynamic Tags to select Authors and Custom Fields Keys/Values entered in each post.
Check out this post to filter posts with ACF plugin features.
How to activate the post grid component
The ‘Elementor‘ plugin is installed and active.
The ‘EAC components‘ plugin is installed and active.
From the panel settings you have to drag & drop the ‘Post Grid’ icon on the panel preview.
Select the source of post types, taxonomies and tags
Content tab / Query filter section / Post type tab.
- From ‘Post type tab‘ you can choose the ‘Source’ of your query from where the contents will be retrieved and displayed
- First of all, to build an advanced query, you must select the Post type (Post, Page, CPT)
- You can add the Taxonomies associated with the post type but they are not mandatory. (Category, post_tag, Categories of the CPT)
- You can add the Tags associated with the taxonomies but they are not mandatory
- You can enable/disable filters.
Create your queries to filter the posts
Content tab / Query filter section / Queries tab.
Here you will find all the fields you have to use to build a complete and inovative query
- Select authors to filter the posts by the authors names
- With the Queries repeater, you will select the Custom Fields Key and their related values
- Toggle the OR/AND switcher to apply a Relation between queries
- Toggle the OR/AND switcher to watch the content of the generated query
How to filter the posts by authors
Adding an Author filter with the plugin is quite easy. Two ways to select the authors names.
- Click on the wrench icon to open the Dynamic Tags list and select Post/Authors
- Choose one or more authors names to filter the posts
- You can enter in the field the ID of the authors with comma as separator without space (1,2,3,4)
Enjoy the result !
How to filter the posts with custom fields keys
You should be familiar with the concept of WordPress Custom Fields.
This tutorial does not describe how to create and value the key/value pair in an article.
First you have to expand the Query repeater in which you will find a field for the key ‘Select ONE key’ and a second field ‘Select values’ for the values.
How to select the key
- Click on the wrench icon to open the Dynamic Tags list and select Post/Custom fields keys
- In the popup you must select the source of the keys according the selected post type (Post, Custom post, Page, Post + CPT)
- And choose only ONE key within the list
– You can enter le key name directely in the field but it is case sensitive.
– After that you get the list of all posts that meet your request.
– If you dont’t want to add values for the key, you have to select the right ‘Data type‘.
How to filter the posts with custom fields values
The field ‘Select Values‘ is where you can query the posts using the specific values according the key you have already selected.
How to select the values
- Click on the wrench icon to open the Dynamic Tags list and select Post/Custom fields values
- In the popup you must select the source of the values according the selected post type (Post, Custom post, Page, Post + CPT)
- And choose one or more values within the list
– You can enter le value directely in the field but it is case sensitive.
Select custom fields data type and operator
Pay attention: The Custom Fields values are saved to the database as ‘String‘ and the expected format for a date is ‘Y-m-d‘
You do not have to change the saved date values because the component converts the date to the correct format according to “Settings/General/Date Format”
However one restriction
- The date must not include a full or short text representation of a month or day in a format other than English (en-US) like “23 Juillet 1985” – “Mardi 31 Décembre 1968”
The values are selected, you have to choose the right ‘Data type‘.
The data type ‘Char‘ is devoted to string data
‘Numeric‘ for numbers without fractional part (2021)
‘Decimal‘ for numbers with fractional part (123.25) and a maximum of two digits after the point
‘Date‘ for date formated like this ‘Y-m-d’ , ‘Y/m/d’ , ‘Ymd’
You can enter in the field the following keywords
Muliple keywords with pipe ‘|’ as separator
- today for the current date
- today-1m current date minus one month
- today-1q current date minus one quarter
- today-1y current date minus one year
- today+1m current date plus one month
- today+1q current date plus one quarter
- today+1y current date plus one year
For the ‘Comparison operator‘ you have to choose
‘IN, NOT IN‘ multiple values for all Data types
‘BETWEEN, NOT BETWEEN‘ two values for all Data types
‘LIKE, NOT LIKE‘ one single value that you can directly enter in the field without using dynamic tags
‘REGEXP, NOT REGEXP‘ multiple values that you can directly enter in the field without using dynamic tags. Use pipe ‘|’ as separator
Other operators: one single value for numeric Data type
Change the relation between queries
If you have at least two queries, don’t forget to change the relation between them (OR/AND).
AND means that all conditions of the meta_query should be true.
You can see the result of a builded ‘meta_query’ with ‘key’, ‘type’, ‘value’, ‘compare’ and the ‘relation’.
... /* Display all Director AND Actor IN (...) */ 'meta_query' => array ( 0 => array ( 'key' => 'Director', 'type' => 'CHAR', ), 1 => array ( 'key' => 'Actor', 'type' => 'CHAR', 'value' => array ( 0 => 'Alane Delhaye', 1 => 'Colin Farrell', 2 => 'Nikolaj Lie Kaas', ), 'compare' => 'IN', ), 'relation' => 'AND', ), 'paged' => 1, );
Source code generated by the builder
How to configure global settings
Enable ‘Display IDs’ to prepend the ID of each post.
And add the id of the posts you don’t want to display.
ID separated by comma without space.
Set the posts count you want to display.
Enable/Disable the paging.
Choose the sort type from the list.
Special entry ‘Numeric meta value‘ which allows you to sort on the numeric data type values of the query.
How to configure layout and content
You can choose from the Masonry, Grid or Slider Layout mode.
For the Slider mode you will find in this post the description of the elements and their behavior.
Select the columns count and if the featured image, excerpt are displayed, choose between Left/Right to display side by side image and excerpt text.
You can use the toggle to display or hide ‘Title’, ‘Excerpt’, ‘Read more button’, ‘Tags’, ‘Author’, ‘Date’, Number of ‘Comments’, ‘Author avatar’ and ‘Featured image’
Note that, the ‘Lightbox‘ and ‘Post link on picture‘ are visible when the ‘Featured image’ is enable and they are exclusive.
How to style the post grid
Switch to the ‘Style’ tab to style all the features of Post Grid and get your desired result.
- Select the desired style who will be applied to the posts
- Set the margin between posts
- Set the background color
- Select the heading (H2 default)
- Change font size and font color
- Apply a border radius to images
- ‘Grid layout’ mode selected ? Apply a ratio and center the images
- Change the number of words who will be displayed
- Change font size and font color
- Change the pictograms color
If you followed the explanation, you should get one result of this type.
- Custom Post Type ‘series-tv’ selected
- Query on ‘Director’ with Dynamic Tag Keys
- AND ‘Production date’ key is after Dynamic Tag Value ‘2017-09-23’