Show group by alphabet posts with shortcode using WP_Query

Create an array of posts group by alphabet with WP_Query.

Use below to create the list of posts array with the group by alphabet.

Note: I have used post type. You can change this post type with your own. Also, you can modify the WP_Query parameters.

Now we can show the posts with the group by alphabet with a shortcode.

In below code we have created a shortcode prefix_alphabetic_posts to show the result in the post.

NOTE: Below short code is created only for demo purpose. So, Added inline CSS. You need to use wp_enqueue_scripts to enqueue your scripts.

Get all posts by post meta key and meta value


For some situations, we need to get all the posts which have specific meta key and meta value.

We can do it with the help of the WP_Query class.


Note: I’m giving you an imaginary example just for a reference to understand, In which situation you can use below code snippet.


  • We have a custom post type properties.
  • We have 15 properties are published.
  • We have store the location of each property in meta key property-location
  • And, We want to get all the properties which meta key is property-location with meta value Pune.

Code Snippet

$query_args = array(
	'post_type'  => 'properties',
	'meta_query' => array(
			'key'   => 'property-location',
			'value' => 'Pune',

$query = new WP_Query( $query_args );

post_type is our custom post type slug. In our example its properties.
key is meta key. In our example its property-location
value is meta value. In our example its Pune

Gist Snippet

You can use below complete gist code snippet for reference.
Note: In below code snippet you need to change the parameters as you need.

I have added some extra parameters to optimize the WordPress query.

  • fields with value ids which return ONLY array post IDs of all found items.
  • no_found_rows with value true which optimizes the query.
  • posts_per_page with value -1 to get all the posts. Default it return only 10 items.