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Custom Post Type Search Bar

  • Is there a way to build a search bar for a custom post type? WordPress.org’s codex has this as the code for the search bar

    <form role="search" method="get" id="searchform" action="<?php bloginfo('url'); ?>">
        <div><label class="screen-reader-text" for="s">Search for:</label>
            <input type="text" value="" name="s" id="s" />
            <input type="submit" id="searchsubmit" value="Search" />

    I tried replacing the bloginfo(‘url’) with the slug url for my custom post types, but nothing. Any ideas?

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  • mamouneyya


    Did you get this working?

    For my case, I need a drop-down menu to restrict the search results to one of my custom posts types. Could you help with that, please?



    Sorry man, I have only been able to get this working for one post type per search bar.



    OK. Never mind. I’ll start another thread.

    Any luck?

    Nope 🙁 . No one answered!

    That sucks. I’m looking for a way to include two post types in a search now.

    Just in case anyone is looking for a way to create a search form that provides selectable drop-down list of their custom post types, here is what worked for me:

    <form role="search" method="get" id="searchform" action="<?php echo home_url( '/' ); ?>">
    	<input type="text" name="s" id="s" value="Enter keywords ..." onfocus="if(this.value==this.defaultValue)this.value='';" onblur="if(this.value=='')this.value=this.defaultValue;"/><br />
    	<select name="post_type">
    		<option value="">Choose Category:</option>
    		<option value="">All Categories</option>
    		<option value="post_type_a">Post Type A</option>
    		<option value="post_type_b">Post Type B</option>
    		 <option value="post_type_c">Post Type C</option>
    	</select><br />
    	<input type="submit" id="searchsubmit" value="Search Help" />

    Obviously, replace post_type_a with your unique post type name and Post Type A with your post type label. Good luck!


    Thanks Justin, is there a way to do that automatically with just one specific post type?

    Replace the select field with a hidden one that explicitly sets the type.

    <input type="hidden" name="post_type" value="your_post_type" />

    Thanks Mark.

    Is it possible to do that for two (or more) specific post types? I’ve tried value=”posttypeone, posttypetwo” but that didn’t work.

    Would’t that be …

    <input type="hidden" name="post_type_one" value="posttypeone" />
    <input type="hidden" name="post_type_two" value="posttypetwo" />

    From what I understand, there’s no need to stuff multiple values into one hidden input, just create multiple hidden inputs.

    Thanks Justin, but that seems to ignore what ever the first input value is and just works with the last.

    Yeah, looking back at the advice I gave you, it’s not right for a couple of reasons. Now that I am actually testing it, I can’t figure out how to do it either. I’ll report back if I figure it out.

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