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Using Dynamic Strings (values) in Advanced Queries

When working with the “Advanced Query” setting in various Total modules it’s possible to use certain strings to return dynamic values. The following are available:

Name Value
current_post Returns the current post ID
current_term Returns the current term id when used on an taxonomy archive.
current_author Returns the current post author id.
current_user Returns the current logged in user id.
today Returns the date using the format ‘Ymd’.
gt Returns the greater than operator “>”.
gte Returns the greater than or equal operator “>=”.
lt Returns the less than “<“.
lte Returns the less than or equal operator “<=”.
related Add related=1 to your query to display related items.
featured Add featured=1 to your WooCommerce products query to display featured items.

Sample Usage

Check out some examples on how you can use the dynamic strings in your advanced queries.

Exclude current post from Query


Display Items from the same author:


Hide any “past” items based on a date custom field.

If you are using a custom post type that has an event you can easily write a query to exclude “past” items by using a meta_query setting the key to your custom field name, the value to “today” and the compare argument to “gte”. In other words we are telling WordPress to get any posts where the date is greater than or equal to today.

Important: Your date field must use the WordPress compatible date format date( ‘Ymd’ ). This is the format needed to query posts based on a date and is used by popular plugins such as Events Calendar and is the date format used for the theme’s WPEX_Meta_Factory class used for adding custom fields to the theme.

Adding Your Own Dynamic Strings

If you wish to register your own dynamic strings it’s possible by hooking into “vcex_grid_advanced_query_dynamic_values”, below is an example:

add_filter( 'vcex_grid_advanced_query_dynamic_values', function( $strings ) {
    $strings['current_time'] = current_time( 'timestamp' );
    return $strings;
} );
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