Looper displaying and ordering portfolio items by ACF values

Hi there, trying to set up a particular looper behaviour, but not really getting anywhere. I’ve looked at a bunch of similar posts on here and the various ACF/looper videos and docs and can’t quite wrap my head around it.

I have a looper that I want to output a list of certain portfolio posts. There’s s a radio button ACF field called training on all portfolio items with a value of Yes or No. I only want those with a value of Yes to be output.

Additionally they all have an ACF field called training_date, which is a date picker type. I’d like the output list of posts on the looeper organised by this field.

I’m assuming there’s a query string to get this to work but so far I haven’t cracked it.

Hello @jasoncoburn,

Thanks for writing to us.

To display based on the custom meta field(ACF meta field) you need to looper query strings, I would suggest please have a look at this thread to learn more about how query strings work.

You may check this thread to learn more about how to display posts based on meta value.

Hope it helps

Thanks for the info Prakash! However it seems that I’m having trouble with even a really basic query string. I’ve input post_type=portfolio just to try and call all portfolio items to start, and it’s not producing any results. Is there something really basic I’m missing?

Hi @jasoncoburn,

Have you added any elements to show the output inside the Looper as shown in the given screenshot? If not please use The Title element to show the title or use the Text element to add Dynamic Content tags to show the value of the Looper.


If you have already added that, but still you are not getting anything, there might be some different reasons behind your issue. I would like to suggest troubleshooting the following common issue to help us to recognize the reason.

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Thanks Tristup. I’ve tried this set-up on a blank site with no plugins or child themes, only Pro installed, and I’m still having the same issue. Using the query builder I can call portfolio items and they display successfully, but not query string. Will include site details below.

Hi @jasoncoburn,

I am really sorry that I missed that you have used the portfolio as post_type, it should be x-portfolio to get the posts out of it. I have added that to your sample page and it is showing the titles.


Ah, I figured it was something simple like that, thanks! Managed to work the rest out once I got over that stumbling block, cheers.

Hi @jasoncoburn,

Glad that we are able to help you.


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