Search & Filter

Description

Search & Filter is a simple search and filtering plugin for WordPress – it is an advancement of the WordPress search box.

You can search by Category, Tag, Custom Taxonomy, Post Type, Post Date or any combination of these easily to really refine your searches – remove the search box and use it as a filtering system for your posts and pages. Fields can be displayed as dropdowns, checkboxes, radio buttons or multi selects.

Links: Search & Filter Documentation | Search & Filter Discussion

New: Search & Filter Pro

  • View live demo >> demo 1 | demo 2 | video
  • Search Custom Fields, Post Meta, Authors, Post Types, Post Dates, Taxonomies, Tags, Categories
  • Use AJAX to display results – no more page reloading!
  • Search Post Meta/Custom Fields with checkboxes, radio buttons, dropdowns, multiselects or comboboxes
  • jQuery range slider, date pickers and auto-complete comboboxes for selects and multiselects
  • Order Results Field – users can order results by meta value, Post ID, author, title, name, date, date modified, parent ID, random, comment count and menu order
  • Drag & Drop editor
  • Use custom templates
  • Create as many fields and different search forms as you like
  • Use for blogs, reviews sites, news sites, property sites and more.
  • Use for your online shop – tested and compatible with WooCommerce, WP eCommerce, Easy Digital Downloads
  • Place anywhere in your themes and posts using shortcodes and widgets
  • Works with WPML
  • Works with Advanced Custom Fields
  • Extremely easy to use admin UI, fully integrated with WP 3.8+
  • Dedicated Support
  • More info >>

Screenshots

  • Full example of Search & Filter when used in a widget and with a combination of checkboxes, radio buttons and selects
  • Minimal example of Search & Filter embedded in the header
  • Minimal example of Search & Filter embedded in a widget
  • Example of Search & Filter using a post type filter

Installation

  1. Upload the entire search-filter folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.

You will find ‘Search & Filter’ menu in your WordPress admin panel.

For basic usage, you can also have a look at the plugin homepage or refer to the Search & Filter menu in your WordPress admin panel.

FAQ

How can I xxxxx ?

The documentation has been updated to include examples almost all configurable options with screenshots – please refer to the Search & Filter Docs.

Reviews

October 17, 2020
After a week of trying to understand the plugin I still think this could be so much easier, by tutorial-video for example. To me the plugin is very annoying, complicated and frustrating. The plugin works quite slow, the possibility to customize the plugin are disappointing, no other languages then English are available. Also is seems not possible to show the live (Ajax) results in a box underneath the search field. Another problem was that you can't continue typing when you're showing live results; the cursor disappears after every load (so basically after every character you type). The documentation looks smooth, but makes it not a lot easier to understand all the settings of the plugin. I thought maybe the Pro-version would be better, but the benefits of the Pro-version are a mistery. My contact with the support was not satisfying. And last of all, the plugin also looks very poor on the backend. Summarizing: a big disappointment.
October 10, 2020
I can't say enough good about this plugin - I upgraded to PRO because of the extra features and the support is by far some of the best I've gotten across WordPress. The beautiful thing about this is that the filter can load without refreshing the page, and load time is lightning fast. I use it for filtering a custom Woo product loop on my category pages, using ACF, and also for filtering products when users search my site. I tried some other popular filtering plugins and got rid of them because of the lag, and unnecessary/clunky design features. The PRO is so under priced for what you get I still can't wrap my head around it. 100% satisfied customer here 🙂
October 2, 2020
I highly recommend this plugin for adding faceted search functionality to your WordPress sites. Also well worth the $20 to go PRO. I was up and running quickly even though I am a novice website developer. The customer support was simply awesome! Within 30 minutes of issuing my question, troubleshooting of my settings was completed via video conference and the post search output formatting issue I was having was resolved. So helpful. A great experience all around.
June 1, 2020
Incredible plugin. I spent most of today trawling google how to make a good custom search form with php etc, lots of separate queries to get custom terms into select menus etc. Nightmare. This plugin was VERY well hidden but is incredibly powerful. This is certainly getting bookmarked. Thank you.
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Contributors & Developers

“Search & Filter” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

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Changelog

1.2.12

  • Fixed – some PHP warnings when using radio, checkbox and multiselects
  • Fixed – a typo (thanks sunjunkie)
  • Tested with WP 5.3

1.2.11

  • Fixed – a few typos in the admin screen
  • Tested with WP 5.0 RC2

1.2.10

  • Fixed – an issue with our syntax highlighting script modifying our shortcodes

1.2.9

  • Fixed – bugs with WP 4.4 compatibility
  • Fixed – an issue with operators being case sensitive – they are no longer case sensitive

1.2.8

  • Fixed – an issue with rewrites – thanks @iohannis

1.2.7

  • Fixed – fix for new taxonomy rewrites and problems with multiple selection when using checkboxes
  • Fixed – added previously hidden multiselect field type

1.2.6

  • Fixed – compatibility issues with WP 4.2.x

1.2.5

  • Fixed a PHP error when setting defaults for taxonomies – many users did not see this but resulted in unexpected behaviour
  • Fixed an error with post date sometimes being undefined for blank searches
  • Added argument empty_search_url – when a users submits the search form without any search preferences selected they will be redirected to this URL
  • Updated argument add_search_param – setting to 1 will force add a “?s=” to all urls generate by the plugin – this may help with the loading of search templates in some themes

1.2.4

  • Fixed a bug created in 1.2.3 when doing an empty search

1.2.3

  • Added arguement all_items_labels which allows for support for custom all_items labels in taxonomies, categories, post tags and post types when using select and radio types – the default text displaying “All Categories” for example can now be defined using all_items_labels
  • Added show_count to arguments – this shows how many posts are in a particular term, in brackets after the term name – works only for categories, tags and taxonomies
  • Fixed a bug when using when using “all post types” and it displaying no results
  • Reverted behaviour from 1.2.2 – no longer force load search template when search is blank – let WP handle it again
  • Added argument add_search_param – setting it to 1 will force a “?s=” or “&s=” to be added to the url even when the search is blank – in some circumstances this will force load the search template, instead of other WP templates, such as taxonomy or category templates

1.2.2

  • Added support for multi selects – use multiselect as the type for your field
  • Added support for AND & OR operators when using checkboxes or multiselects – use the operators argument with allowed values of and & or
  • Force load search template when search is blank, don’t include when search field is not included in shortcode
  • Fixed an issue with navigation disappearing when using post_types

1.2.1

  • Version Bump – bad commit

1.2.0

  • WARNING – this update includes some major changes to shortcode construction, do not upgrade until you have read how this will affect your setup – updating should be easy.
  • Renamed the taxonomies argument to fieldstaxonomies is now no longer appropriate as this list contains field types other than taxonomies – this list now contains taxonomies, post_type, post_date and searchtaxonomies as an argument is still supported however will be deprecated
  • Search box can now be positioned anywhere, simply include search in the fields list in the position desired. Upgrading from previous versions will cause you to lose your search box, simply include search in the fields list to show it again
  • Drop support for search argument as no longer relevant – control display of search input by adding it to the fields list
  • Labels have been completely rewritten – label has been renamed to headings to avoid confusion with internal taxonomy labels – the headings argument now allows for any text to be added and displayed as a heading for each field – this allows for much more flexibility and no longer uses internal taxonomy labels – to hide a label simply leave blank
  • Added support for hierarchical taxonomies for all input types – checkbox, radio & select
  • Added support for ordering of taxonomies – use order_by argument – allowed values are id, name, slug, count, term_group
  • Added support for ordering direction of taxonomies – use order_dir argument – allowed values are ‘asc’ or ‘desc’
  • Added support to show or hide empty taxonomies – use hide_empty argument
  • Added support for search_placeholder
  • Updated post_date functionality to work with older versions of WP – can be displayed either as date or daterange – the post_date field uses the HTML 5 input type of date – browsers that do not support it will simply show a text box – a tutorial of integrating jquery for graceful degredation is in the works
  • Renamed submitlabel to submit_labelsubmitlabel still works for now.
  • Renamed type to typestype still works for now.
  • Updated display of checkboxes and radio buttons, inputs are now wrapped in an unordered list which may affect your styling
  • Various bug fixes
  • Thanks to bradaric for help with hierarchical dropdown lists and date input types – https://github.com/bradaric

1.1.3

  • Added support for post_date to be displayed either as date or daterange (WP 3.7+) type

1.1.2

  • Added support for all public and custom post types (the attachment post type is excluded) – all post types can be user searchable or predfined and hidden from the user. This allows for users to add multiple search widgets to their site which work on specific post types independantly from eachother.
  • Added offical updated documentation, created and moved to Search & Filter Docs

1.1.1

  • Fixed: when submitting an empty search/filter, “?s=” now gets appended to the url (an empty search) to force load a results page, previously this was redirecting to the homepage which does not work for many use cases

1.1.0

  • Added support for checkboxes and radio buttons, with the option to control this for each individual taxonomy.
  • Added support to show or hide headings for each individual taxonomy.
  • Added support to pass a class name through to Search & Filter widgets, this allows styling of different instances of Search & Filter
  • Fixed problems with escaping output in search box
  • Notice: This update will automatically add headings to taxonomy dropdowns, refer to usage and examples on how to disable them.

1.0.3

  • Added some documention & screenshots to plugin page

1.0.2

  • Version bump for WordPress plugins site

1.0.1

  • Updated to use label->all_items in taxonomy object for dropdowns before using label->name
  • Notice: This update may cause some labels to break, ensure you have set up your taxonomy properly including setting label->all_items

1.0.0

  • Initial Release