Using Loops with FacetWP

Necessary ingredients to make FacetWP recognize your Loop

  1. Use facetwp-template as the wrapper class for your loop. When the page loads, FacetWP uses JavaScript to scan for the facetwp-template CSS class to find your loop. FacetWP calls this a CSS-based template.
  2. Use the default query on an archive, as in <Loop></Loop>. If you need a modified query, modify the query in functions.php using pre_get_posts
    Read FacetWP's Docs on modifying the default query

    Currently, L&L doesn't work with FacetWP outside of this context, meaning it couldn't be used on a page or post.
  3. Place your facet placeholders on the page using FacetWP's provided shortcodes.
    Learn more about FacetWP Shortcodes
    Remember that if you're placing shortcodes in an L&L editor you'll need to use the <Shortcode /> tag. For example, [facetwp facet="the_name"] becomes <Shortcode facetwp facet=the_name />. You may also simply wrap your shortcodes like so: <Shortcode>[facetwp facet="the_name"]</Shortcode>
  4. Be sure to include class="{Field post_class}" in the wrapper of your looped object. This will provide FacetWP with all the context it needs to filter your posts, since it outputs

Expert Level: Add taxonomy headings to a FacetWP-compatible loop

custom_post => post type slug
custom_tax   => taxonomy slug

Step 1: The markup

<ul class="facetwp-template"> <!-- wrapper class -->
	<Loop> <!-- default loop -->

<!-- save the taxonomy slug and title of current post as variables -->

		<Loop type=taxonomy_term 
		      post="{Field id}" >
			<Set taxonomy_slug><Field name /></Set>
			<Set taxonomy_title><Field title /></Set>
<!-- save the ID of the first post in the taxonomy as a variable -->
		<Loop type=custom_post 
		      terms="{Get taxonomy_slug}" 
		      count=1 >
			<Set tax_first_post_id><Field id /></Set>

<!-- If the current post ID matches the first post ID, display the saved Taxonomy title -->   
		<If check="{Get tax_first_post_id}" 
		    value="{Field id}">
			<h2><Get taxonomy_title /></h2>

<!-- using post_class field fopr repeated loop item -->
		<li class="{Field post_class}"> 
	</Loop> <!-- close default Loop -->
</ul> <!-- close wrapper -->

Step 2: Modifying the query

// group posts by taxonomy

function group_cpt_by_tax( $query ) {
	if ( $query->is_post_type_archive( 'custom_post' ) && $query->is_main_query() && !is_admin() ) { 

		$post_ids = array();
		$terms = get_terms( 'custom_tax' );

		foreach ( $terms as $term ) {
            		$post_ids = array_merge( $post_ids, get_posts( array( 
                		'posts_per_page' => 99, // as you wish...
                		'post_type' => 'custom_post', // If needed. Default is posts
                		'fields' => 'ids', // get ids to use later in 'post__in'
                		'orderby' => 'title',
               			'order' => 'ASC',
                		'tax_query' => array( 
						'taxonomy' => $term->taxonomy, 
						'field' => 'term_id', 
						'orderby'  => 'term_order', 								'order' => 'ASC', 
						'terms' => $term->term_id, 
			))); // getting posts in the current term

        	$query->query_vars['post_type'] = 'custom_post'; // Again, if needed... Default is posts
        	$query->query_vars['posts_per_page'] = 99; // If needed.
        	$query->query_vars['post__in'] = $post_ids; // Filtering with the post IDs opbtained above
        	$query->query_vars['orderby'] = 'post__in'; // keep the order generated in the terms loop
        	$query->query_vars['ignore_sticky_posts'] = 1; // If you dont want your sticky posts to change the order

// Hook above function to the pre_get_posts action
add_action( 'pre_get_posts', 'group_cpt_by_tax' );
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