By default the output of a WordPress query is to show a specific number of or all posts that belong to all the categories (or custom taxonomies). What if you want to output say only a maximum of 3 portfolio CPT items from each portfolio_category?

For this one approach is to:

  • get all the terms of the taxonomy in question
  • loop through them and for each term, get the IDs of recent 3 items into an array
  • flatten the array
  • remove duplicates
  • run a WP_Query looping these IDs and output the items

Here's the PHP code:

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