Completely Disable Public Search in WordPress

Sometimes you want to totally disable search functionality on your website. However, removing the search field doesn’t do the job as you’d still be able to modify the URL to search content. That’s why we made it so you can add the following snippet to the functions.php of your WordPress theme to totally disable public search.

function wpsnipp_disable_public_search( $q ) {
	if ( $q->is_admin ) {
		return $q;

	if ( $q->is_search ) {
		unset( $_GET['s'] );
		unset( $_POST['s'] );
		unset( $_REQUEST['s'] );
		$q->set( 's', '' );
		$q->is_search = false;

add_action( 'parse_query', 'wpsnipp_disable_public_search', 5 );

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