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  • Resolved dubbinz


    OK so I noticed my searchbar didn’t work in my sidebar that runs througout the site and looked into the root and there was no searchpage.php or even search.php in my theme root. I am very limited in knowledge with php or with wordpress so please bear with me here.

    I followed from “using the page.php all the way till creating a page titled search using the new template as instructed. The page just cannot be viewed it just redirects me to the homepage, all other pages can be viewed no problem. I also noticed there are some obvious out of date areas on this codex page as well. I’ll give you the code for the searchbar and the new searchpage.php I created. Hopefully after someone can explain to me why my new page cannot be viewed they can help me get the searchbar and search page working.

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

    my searchpage.php file which I think I did completely wrong

    Template Name: Search Page
    <?php get_header( 'single' ); ?>
    <!-- this is the page template -->
      <div id="singlepostadvert"><img src="<?php bloginfo('template_directory'); ?>/images/advert_example_728x90.png" width="729" height="90" alt="Advert" /></div>
    <div class="forumpostarea">
    <!--Here's where the loop starts-->
    <?php if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
    <div class="forumpost"><!-- Styles container for each post -->
      <h2><?php the_title(); ?></h2>
      <div class="entry">
      <?php get_search_form(); ?>
      </div><!-- Close post -->
      <?php endwhile; else: ?>
      <div class="forumpost">
        <p><?php _e('Sorry, no posts matched your criteria.'); ?></p>
      <?php endif; ?>
    </div><!-- Close postarea -->
    <?php get_footer(); ?>
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  • I realise now that search for a page title is reserved and I also noticed I need a search.php to display results. This is now resolved.

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