Option in query_posts to include parent and/or grandparent categories
|Reported by:||vlasky||Owned by:||ryan|
|Component:||Query||Keywords:||category, parent category|
When specifying a category or categores to retrieve posts from, there should be a query_posts() option to include the parent and or grandparent categories.
This option could be called 'cat_levels', which would equal an integer number of levels to include.
query_posts('cat=2'); would just retrieve posts in category id 2
query_posts('cat=2&cat_levels=1') would retrieve posts in category id 2 and posts in its parent category (if it exists)
query_posts('cat=2&cat_levels=2') would retrieve all the above, plus the grandparent category (if it exists).
One application for this feature is for geotargeting content. Let's say that you use the visitor IP address to detect that the person is from Germany, you can then make 'Germany' a child category of a parent category 'European_Union'.
This means that not only can you display posts related to Germany, but posts concerning European Union issues that may be relevant to a German visitor.
Another request is an option to allow child categories to belong to multiple parents. This would be for the same reason. e.g. category 'Germany' could belong to two parent categories - 'European_Union' and 'German_Lanugage_Articles', which could then be searched to retrieve relevant posts via query_posts().
If anyone has any neat workaround for the above, I would also be interested to see them.