Displaying the most viewed posts or products, also means the most popular ones, on your business website is a convenient way to attract viewers and potential customers. In this article, we will show you how to display your most popular posts by views using Meta Box and Oxygen.

This is a section for the most viewed products, as a specific example:

Example of displaying the most viewed postsVideo Version

Before Getting Started

Since the most popular posts or products will be the ones that have the most views, we're going to use a third-party plugin to count the post views. It’s the Post Views Counter plugin.

For the posts, we’ll create a custom post type named Restaurants, and each restaurant will be a post of that post type.

When displaying the most viewed posts, you may wish to show more than just the title and featured image, which are the default fields. In this case, I’ll display extra information about the address, voucher, and logo. They'll be saved in the custom fields of the post.

Here are the tools we need for this practice:

Finally, we need Oxygen Builder. You should use its 3.9 version or higher, which has native integration with Meta Box.

Create a New Custom Post Type

Go to Meta Box > Post Types to create a new post type for your products.

Create a new custom post type

Create Custom Fields

Each product may have extra information saved in custom fields, so go to Meta Box > Custom Fields and create them.

Create custom fields

After creating all the needed fields, go to the Settings tab > Location > choose Post Type as the Restaurant post type we’ve just created to apply the custom fields to it.

Set location for the created custom fields

In the post editor, you will see all of the created custom fields.

All created custom fields appear in the post editor

Count the Posts View

Normally, there is no information about the posts’ view available in WordPress by default. We must do it on our own. Install the Post Views Counter plugin, then go to Settings > Post Views Counter and check the box next to the post type whose views you want to count.

Install Post views counter plugin

Right after that, you can see the view numbers of each post that is in the Restaurant post type. Based on these numbers, we’ll choose which post as well as restaurant, has the most views and display it in the section.

The number of views of each post

Create the Section

Edit a page with Oxygen, e.g., the homepage.

First, choose the Section component to contain all of the restaurant information. Then, add a Heading element and enter the title.

Add a Heading element to enter the title

Set a Condition

To get all the posts of the Restaurant post type, select the Repeater component. Then, go to the Query section to choose the data source and set conditions.

Normally, you can choose the default or custom type to get the posts. However, in this case, I only want a specific number of posts to be displayed based on the condition, so I chose the advanced query type.

Choose Advanced query type to display specific number of posts

Now, let’s create conditions to choose which posts to display. We’ll add some query parameters as follows:

First, add a post_type parameter to specify that we’ll get only posts from the Restaurant post type. In the box, as shown in the image below, enter the ID of the post type for which you want to get the data.

Add a post_type parameter

Then, add other parameters for the conditions. In this case, we should use the orderby parameter to sort all the posts from the one that has the most views to the less views. Set the value as post_views.

Add a orderby parameter

To limit the number of posts to display in the section, we add the post_per_page parameter and set the number of posts you want to display.

Add the post_per_page parameter to limit the number of posts

We’ve completed the condition settings. After applying, there are 6 boxes for 6 posts. It’s equivalent to the number of posts we set for the section.

There is a box for each post

Display the Posts’ Information

Now, it’s time to display information about each restaurant. In the div that is inside the Repeater component, add an Image component to display the restaurant’s image, then connect it with the post's featured image.

Add an Image component in the div that is inside the Repeater component

For the voucher information, choose a Text component and connect it to the corresponding field.

Choose a Text component for the voucher information

The next piece of restaurant information we want to display is the restaurant’s logo. Choose an Image component. Because the logo field is created by Meta Box and it returns the URL, go to the Image URL tab to get data from this field.

Choose an Image component for the restaurant's logo

To get the restaurant’s name automatically, add the Text component and connect it with the post's title.

Add the text component to get the restaurant's name

For the address information, do the same with the Voucher field. Add a Text component, then connect it to the Address field.

Add a Text component to get restaurant's address

That’s all. The information for all of the most viewed restaurants is now available on the homepage.

All the information of the most viewed restaurants is available

Style the Section

For styling, go back to the page editor with Oxygen. Then, choose each component and change the settings to style them.

You can also add some CSS in the Custom CSS tab to have a more advanced style.

Add some CSS code

Go to the homepage, all the most viewed restaurants are displayed as we want.

The most viewed posts section displays as we want.

Final Words

Through this article, I hope you'll be able to create your own version of the most-viewed posts with the help of Meta Box and Oxygen.

If you are looking to do it with other page builders or MB Views, let’s dig into this series.

In another case that you want to add some other kind of condition to display the post, you may want to take a look at this series on how to display posts following a specific criteria. Thanks for reading!

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