Sorting a Wordpress Category Page

by @jehiah on 2005-12-14 08:16
Filed under: All, PHP

This thread prompted me to post an updated to an old post on Wordpress Category Page Hacks as the old page was for wordpress 1.2, and I came up with a much simpler solution for wordpress 1.5. Below are instructions for customized sorting of Wordpress 1.5 category pages.

What I wanted to do, was to display my category pages in a single page format (ie: not 10 items per page), and to allow users the option to alternate between sorting by title (default) and date.

Previously I had hacked the php index page pretty badly, but this time around I use a simple category.php file, and a few small additions to my .htaccess file.

First in the .htaccss I modified the default category mapping line to sort by title, and show all the posts (or atleast 500 of them) on the same page

[code]
RewriteRule ^archive/category/?(.*) /index.php?category_name=$1&orderby=title&order=asc&posts_per_page=500 [QSA]
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Next I added one more lines which allow two additional urls to select between sorting by title and sorting by date.

The Url's I wanted to use are in the following format

http://jehiah.com/archive/category/javascript/date/desc
http://jehiah.com/archive/category/javascript/title/asc

So the following .htaccess line takes the values for sort column and sort direction out of the url and passes them on to the rewrite.

[code]
RewriteRule ^archive/category/(.*)/(.+)/(.+) /index.php?category_name=$1&orderby=$2&order=$3&posts_per_page=500 [QSA]
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Lastly, the following line in my category.php template file gives the proper links to each version of my category page.

[code]
<p>Sort by <a href="/archive/category/<?php echo str_replace("/","",$_GET['category_name']); ?>/title/asc">Title</a> or\
 <a href="/archive/category/<?php echo str_replace("/","",$_GET['category_name']); ?>/date/desc">Date</a></p>
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