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Querying Models

Models support a fluent query builder that will return an easy-to-use Collection of models.

Retrieving Models

Once a model exists you are ready to start retrieving data. Each model acts as a powerful query builder that allows you to fluently query the underlying data that each model represents.

$posts = Post::all();

foreach ( $posts as $post ) {
echo $post->title;

Adding Additional Constraints

The all method will return all the results for a model.


For Post models, the all method will retrieve only published posts by default. You can easily include all post statuses by calling anyStatus() on the model.

Post::where( ... )->anyStatus()->all();
// Posts with a post_name equal to 'slug-to-find'.
Example_Post::whereSlug( 'slug-to-find' )->first();

// You can also use an `where()` method directly.
Example_Post::where( 'slug', 'slug-to-find' )->first();

// Posts in a list of IDs.
Example_Post::whereIn( [ 1, 2, 3 ] )->get();

// Posts not a list of IDs.
Example_Post::whereNotIn( [ 1, 2, 3 ] )->get();

Querying Posts with Terms

Only Post models support querying against terms.

// Get the first 10 posts in the 'term-slug' tag.
Example_Post::whereTerm( 'term-slug', 'post_tag' )
->take( 10 )

// Get the first 10 posts in the 'term-slug' or 'other-tag' tags.
Example_Post::whereTerm( 'term-slug', 'post_tag' )
->orWhereTerm( 'other-tag', 'post_tag' )
->take( 10 )

// Get the first 10 posts in the taxonomy term controlled by `Example_Term`.
$term = Example_Term::first();
Example_Post::whereTerm( $term )->take( 10 )->get();

Querying with Meta

Normal concerns for querying against a model's meta still should be observed. The Post and Term models support querying with meta.

// Instance of Example_Post if found.
Example_Post::whereMeta( 'meta-key', 'meta-value' )->first();

// Multiple meta keys to match.
Example_Post::whereMeta( 'meta-key', 'meta-value' )
->andWhereMeta( 'another-meta-key', 'another-value' )

Example_Post::whereMeta( 'meta-key', 'meta-value' )
->orWhereMeta( 'another-meta-key', 'another-value' )

Ordering Results

By default, the results will be order by post_date descending just like core.

Example_Post::query()->orderBy( 'name', 'asc' )->get();


Not all fields are supported to be queried against since this is a fluent interface for the underlying WP_Query and WP_Tax_Query classes.


All models support pagination of results to make traversal of large sets of data easy. The paginators will display links to the next and previous pages as well as other pages that can be styled by your application.

Length Aware Pagination

By default the paginate() method will use the Length Aware Paginator which will calculate the total number of pages in a result set. This is what you probably expect from a paginator: previous / next links as well as links to a few pages before and after the current one.

App\Models\Posts::paginate( 20 );

Basic Pagination

'Basic' pagination is purely a next / previous link relative to the current page. It also sets 'no_found_rows' => true on the query to help performance for very large data sets.

App\Model\Posts::simple_paginate( 20 );

Displaying Paginator Results

The paginator instances both support iteration over it to allow you to easily loop through and display the current page's results.

<ul class="post-list">
@foreach ( $posts as $post )
<a href="{{ $post->url() }}">{{ $post->title() }}</a>

{{ $posts->links() }}

By default the paginator will use query strings to paginate and determine the current URL.


The paginator can also be set to use path pages to paginate. For example, a paginated URL would look like /blog/page/2/.

{{ $posts->use_path()->links() }}

Arbitrary query parameters can be append to paginator links.

{{ $posts->append( [ 'key' => 'value' ] )->links() }}

The current GET query parameters can also be automatically included on the links as well.

{{ $posts->with_query_string()->links() }}

Customizing the Paginator Path

The paginator supports setting a custom base path for paginated results. By default the paginator will use the current path (stripping /page/n/ if it includes it).

{{ $posts->path( '/blog/' )->links() }}

Converting the Paginator to JSON

The paginator supports being returned directly as a route's response.

Route::get( '/posts', function() {
return App\Posts::paginate( 20 );
} );

The paginator will return the results in a JSON format.

"current_page": 1,
"data": [ ... ],
"first_page_url": "\/path",
"next_url": "\/path?page=2",
"path": "\/path",
"previous_url": null

Querying Multiple Models

Multiple models of the same type (posts/terms/etc.) can be queried together. There are some limitations and features that cannot be used including query scopes.

use Mantle\Database\Query\Post_Query_Builder;

use App\Models\Post;
use App\Models\Another_Post;

Post_Query_Builder::create( [ Post::class, Another_Post::class ] )
->whereMeta( 'shared-meta', 'meta-value' )