Sort Posts by Most Popular in Oxygen Builder

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This tutorial video will show you how you can easily sort posts by most popular (most viewed) in Oxygen Builder. Using a few custom code snippets, we can easy add a meta key field that the Repeater element uses to sort posts. This is great for local directory or real estate sites where you might want to give a sense of urgency to how many times a page or post has been viewed.

Add the below code as 2 snippets using the Code Snippets WordPress plugin.

Posts views count function:

function permaslug_set_post_views($postID) {
    // Define meta field
    $post_count = 'permaslug_post_views_count';
    // Get meta field
    $count = get_post_meta($postID, $post_count, true);
    // If the count is empty
    if($count == '') {
        // Set the count to 0
        $count = 0;
        delete_post_meta($postID, $post_count);
        add_post_meta($postID, $post_count, '0');
    } else {
        // Increment the count by one
        update_post_meta($postID, $post_count, $count);
//To keep the count accurate, remove prefetching
remove_action( 'wp_head', 'adjacent_posts_rel_link_wp_head', 10, 0);

Count single posts:

function permaslug_track_post_views ($post_id) {
    // Only run for single posts
    if ( !is_single() ) return;
    // Set the post ID
    if ( empty ( $post_id) ) {
        global $post;
        $post_id = $post->ID;
    // Run the permaslug_set_post_views function
add_action( 'wp_head', 'permaslug_track_post_views');

Query used in Repeater:



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