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Query Builder Overview

This overview reveals detailed information about all the settings of the JetEngine plugin’s Query Builder functionality.

Query Builder is a tool that helps create lists of items picked up from the general array according to specified conditions. It allows you to query posts, terms, users, comments, SQL tables data, repeater, WooCommerce products, items received via REST API functionality, Custom Content Type items, and reviews.

Besides that, Query Builder allows you to query and display data that you wouldn’t be able to show otherwise, e.g., the information from your database tables.

Query Settings in the WordPress Dashboard

Query List, Filters, and “Add New” button

The Queries List is displayed in the WordPress Dashboard > JetEngine > Query Builder tab.

One can filter queries by entering keywords into the Search field.

jetengine queries list

Also, you can filter by the Query Types (some options are available with some plugins installed and activated).

filter by query types

One can Sort by title (ASC or DESC) or date (ASC or DESC) as well.

sort queries by title or date

A new query can be added by pressing the “Add New” button.

General Settings

The next page displays the General Settings section.

query builder general settings

The General Settings section has the following options:

  • Name — a name that will be used for the current query;
  • Description — a text describing a query. It will be shown in the Queries List and can be used for info systematization;
  • Query Type — a list of options for the query source. The options will be described further;
  • Query ID — an optional field that can be used to connect the query with the JetSmartFilters plugin’s filter. The ID set here should repeat the ID mentioned in the filter settings (Query Variable field) and the widget/block/element’s ID put in its settings;
  • Cache Query — a switcher activated by default that caches this specific query. It can be deactivated if one faces issues with query operations (like incorrect query results);
  • Register Rest API Endpoint – if enabled, this toggle activates settings with which you can register a WordPress Rest API endpoint to grant public access to query results and allow remote retrieval of current query data. For example, you can use the endpoint in the scenarios or as the backend for mobile applications. All Register Rest API Endpoint options are explained in the next chapter.

Register Rest API Endpoint

The Register Rest API Endpoint feature has such options:

register rest API endpoint
  • Register Rest API Endpoint — if enabled, this toggle turns on endpoint registration for the current query;
  • Endpoint Namespace — here, one can enter the namespace of the Rest API endpoint, which is the first URL segment after the ‘wp-json’ core prefix;
  • Endpoint Path — here, one can enter the path of the Rest API endpoint, the second URL segment after the ‘wp-json’ core prefix;
  • Rest API Endpoint URL —  the generated URL of the API entry point that can be copied;
  • Restrict Access — here, one should select how to limit access to the entry point: without restrictions, by user capacity or role. If access to the entry point is restricted, parameters for authorization need to be passed with the request, for example, through Application Passwords. Learn more about WordPress Rest API authentication.
    • Is public. No restrictions — all users can access the endpoint;
    • Users with selected capabilities — if this option is selected, the Access Capability field will appear, where you need to indicate the WordPress capabilities for which there will be access (e.g., edit_posts). If multiple capabilities are specified, one should separate them with commas. The user will gain access if they have at least one of the listed capabilities. If this field is left empty, the entry point will be unavailable for all users, but access can be obtained by passing it along with a request from any type of user;
    • Users with selected roles — if this option is selected, the Access for Roles field will appear, where one should pick the user roles for which there will be access from the drop-down list. If this field is left empty, the entry point will be unavailable for all users, but access can be obtained by passing it along with a request from any type of user.
  • Query Arguments — here, one can set the query arguments that are part of a URL used to pass information to a web server as part of a query. In a URL, query arguments are appended to the end of the URL after a question mark (?) and are in the form of key-value pairs separated by an ampersand (&). After registering query arguments, these arguments should be mapped to actual query parameters. One should use Query Variable dynamic argument or %query_var|argument_name% in the Query parameter where one wants to apply the Rest API argument;
  • Example of Rest API Endpoint URL with Query Arguments – the generated URL of the API entry point with query arguments that can be copied. It appears if one adds at least one query argument.

Learn How to Configure the REST API Endpoint for Custom Query.

Query Types

Separate guides are available for the options presented in the Query Type list:


Some of the mentioned Query Types appear in the list only if the particular plugin is installed and activated.

Depending on the picked Query Type, the further settings differ. So, the specific details can be checked in the tutorials presented above.

Query in Use

The Query Builder functionality can be used for different purposes. Here is the description of the widgets/blocks/elements where it can be applied:

Listing Grid

With the Query Builder functionality, many use cases can be implemented in the Listing Grid. For instance, here is a detailed guide on How to Display Featured Posts Using Query Builder.


In the Custom Query tab of the Listing Grid widget, a Use Custom Query toggle should be activated. A needed item can be picked in the Custom Query field.


Also, mind that the following tabs (Posts Query, Terms Query, Users Query, Content Types Query) concerning query settings are legacy. We recommend using the Query Builder functionality and Custom Query tab, respectively.

custom query for listing grid in elementor


For the Listing Grid block, the same settings as in Elementor are available.

custom query for listing grid in gutenberg


Bricks editor includes the same settings.

custom query for listing grid in bricks

Map Listing

Custom queries can also be used for Map Listings. As an example, a map can be queried by some meta fields related to the content. For instance, if the item is set to “Available,” it will be shown on the map.


To work with custom queries in the Map Listing widget, one should activate the Use Custom Query toggle in the Custom Query tab. Then, the Custom Query field should be completed with the corresponding item.

custom query for map listing in elementor


The Map Listing block has the same query settings as the Elementor’s widget.

custom query for map listing in gutenberg


Bricks Editor also contains the same Map Listing settings as Gutenberg and Elementor.

custom query for map listing in bricks

Dynamic Chart

The query can also be added as a part of a Dynamic Chart functionality. For the Dynamic Chart, the most common “Posts” query can be used where the needed post type for the query will be specified.

Dashboard settings

Its settings can be found by following the WordPress Dashboard > JetEngine > Charts Builder path.

The needed query can be selected in the Data Query field.

charts builder

Dynamic Table

The How to Create a Dynamic Table Based on SQL Query article should be checked to determine how to build a suitable table for your needs.

Dashboard settings

Dynamic Table should also be provided with a query beforehand in the WordPress Dashboard > JetEngine > Tables Builder directory.

The Data Query field here is for the previously created query input.

tables builder


After creating the Dynamic Table, the rest of the settings can be adjusted in the selected editor.

Also, here, the other query can be set. To do so, one should activate the Rewrite table query. The New Query field should contain another query that has not been used before.

custom query for a dynamic table in elementor


The same Dynamic Table settings are presented in the Block Editor.

custom query for dynamic table in gutenberg

Smart Posts List

Smart Posts List is similar to Listing Grid, so it can be queried in the same way. For example, posts can be selected based on their author.


To set a query for the Smart Posts List widget, the Query & Controls tab with the Use Custom Query toggle should be opened.

A query can be made custom with the Set custom query generator field or selecting an already created query in the Or use JetEngine Query Builder drop-down list.

custom query for smart posts list

Smart Posts Tiles

The Smart Posts Tiles widget also allows various query options. For instance, its items can be queried and put in descending order by date.


Smart Posts Tiles settings match those in the Smart Posts List widget.

custom query for smart posts tiles

Text Ticker

Text Ticker can be customized in various ways using Query Builder. For instance, the posts of the last two days with a particular topic (category) can be displayed.


The needed query options can be found in the General tab of the Text Ticker widget. 

The Use Custom Query switcher allows adjusting the needed item in the Select query from JetEngine Query Builder field.

custom query for text ticker in elementor

Advanced Carousel can be queried as well. For example, it can be used to display images, titles, and descriptions in a particular order.


To enable a custom query in the Advanced Carousel widget, the Use JetEngine query toggle should be switched on in the Slides tab. The needed item should be picked in the Select Query field.

The rest of the steps are described after the Select Query field. The first item should be opened below, and the custom fields should be chosen with the Dynamic Tags button where available (next to the Image, Item Title, and Item Description fields.)

custom query for advanced carousel in elementor

Advanced Map

As for the Advanced Map widget, it can be adjusted and queried by “Repeater” meta fields.


In this widget, the Use JetEngine query toggle is in the Pins section. The desired item should be picked in the Select Query field.

The Instructions section includes further information. 

The Pin Address and Pin Description can be customized for the item with the help of the Dynamic Tags button. In the mentioned fields, the corresponding custom fields should be connected.

custom query for advanced map in elementor

Query Loop

Custom queries can also be used with the Query Loop available with Bricks. For instance, they can be applied to the Query Loop and filtered.


In the Query field, a “JetEngine Query Builder” Type should be selected.

custom query for query loop in bricks

Once the Type is set, the JetEngine Queries should be completed with a needed query.

jetengine queries field in query loop

That’s all about the Query Builder feature available as a part of JetEngine’s plugin functionality for your WordPress website.

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