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Disable Search

Disable the built-in front-end search capabilities of WordPress.

Prevent WordPress from allowing and handling any search requests for the site. Specifically, this plugin:

  • Prevents the search form from appearing if the theme uses the standard get_search_form() function to display the search form.
  • Prevents the search form from appearing if the theme uses a searchform.php template
  • Disables the search widget.
    • Removes the Search widget from the list of available widgets
    • Deactivates any search widgets currently in use in any sidebars (they are hidden, not deleted; they'll still be in the proper locations if this plugin gets deactivated)
  • With or without the search form, the plugin prevents any direct or manual requests by visitors, via either GET or POST requests, from actually returning any search results.
  • Submitted attempts at a search will be given a 404 File Not Found response, rendered by your site's 404.php template, if present.

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Requires: 3.6 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.8.3
Last Updated: 2013-12-15
Downloads: 12,667

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