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Create Multiple Search Templates for Custom Post Types

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Are you looking for a way to create multiple search templates for custom post types? While there’s probably a plugin for this, we have created a quick code snippet that you can use to create multiple search templates for custom post types in WordPress.

Instructions:

Search template

Create a new file called search.php and add the following search template. Change the $search_refer= CUSTOM_POST_TYPE to the names of your post types. You will also need to change the template path to the corresponding template you wish to display results.

<?
/* Template Name: Search Results */

$search_refer = $_GET["post_type"];
if ($search_refer == 'CUSTOM_POST_TYPE') { load_template(TEMPLATEPATH . '/template_one-name.php'); }
elseif ($search_refer == 'CUSTOM_POST_TYPE') { load_template(TEMPLATEPATH . '/template_two-name.php'); };

?>

Display search results

Add this query_post just above the loop in the search templates that you create. Don’t forget to change the CUSTOM_POST_TYPE for each of your templates.

<?php 
	$args = array(
		'post_type'=> 'CUSTOM_POST_TYPE',
                's'    => $s,
                'paged' => $paged,
                );
		query_posts($args);
?>

Search form

Add this HTML to the template you wish to display the search form. You will need to change the CUSTOM_POST_TYPE name to the post type you wish to search. You will need to create a new form for each custom post type or use a select menu to set the post_type.

<form id="searchform" action="<?php bloginfo('home'); ?>/" method="get">
	<input id="s" maxlength="150" name="s" size="20" type="text" value="" class="txt" />
	<input name="post_type" type="hidden" value="CUSTOM_POST_TYPE" />
	<input id="searchsubmit" class="btn" type="submit" value="Search" />
</form>

Note: If this is your first time adding code snippets in WordPress, then please refer to our guide on how to properly add code snippets in WordPress, so you don’t accidentally break your site.

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  1. i had some syntax errors, elseif without semicolon at the end, after that all worked fine 🙂

  2. if search value is empty , example: ?s=&post_type=products it always returns me results in default template, no metter which post_type I have in search string? any fix for that?

    For example: ?s=+&post_type=products THIS WILL WORK, open in search-products.php
    this: ?s=&post_type=products WILL NOT WORK, open in search-post.php

    1. I would think your best bet would be to use javascript to require something in the field before they are able to search.

    2. I would think your best bet would be to use javascript to require something in the field before they are able to search.

    3. I would think your best bet would be to use javascript to require something in the field before they are able to search.

  3. if search value is empty , example: ?s=&post_type=products it always returns me results in default template, no metter which post_type I have in search string? any fix for that?

    For example: ?s=+&post_type=products THIS WILL WORK, open in search-products.php
    this: ?s=&post_type=products WILL NOT WORK, open in search-post.php

  4. if search value is empty , example: ?s=&post_type=products it always returns me results in default template, no metter which post_type I have in search string? any fix for that?

    For example: ?s=+&post_type=products THIS WILL WORK, open in search-products.php
    this: ?s=&post_type=products WILL NOT WORK, open in search-post.php

  5. Life saving article,thank you, i was struggling finding a good solution, this helped a lot

    1. No problem glad that we could help!

  6. Brilliant. Thank you. you ROCK!

    1. No problem glad you like the snippet!

  7. Brilliant. Thank you. you ROCK!

  8. I was using a child-theme. I had to use { load_template(get_stylesheet_directory() . ‘/template_one-name.php’); }

  9. Thanks for the tip! Works perfect…

  10. I love the idea behind this so clever.
    I do have an issue with pagination though. So renders it sorta useless unless I display all results with a ‘showposts’=>999,

    1. OH SNAP… so I had been working on this for an hour or so b4 i gave up and commented… and then i figured it out…
      Changed the query_posts arg to this

      ‘bio’,
      ‘posts_per_page’ => 10,
      ‘paged’ => $paged,
      );
      query_posts($args);
      ?>

  11. That returns to me a blank page.. Any help?

  12. Silver-monkey June 24, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Well done Sir. Great tip.

  13. Thanks very much! you’ve just made my morning.

  14. Is this only for custom post types?

  15. The code works fine in 3.4.2, but I had to change “post_type” to “posttype”.

    Thanks a lot! 🙂

  16. Not working for me in 3.3.1. The $s variable is possibly not getting any value. Any suggestions?

    1. Ill test things out in a recent version of wordpress just to make sure although you should not have any issues. I would also suggest updating to 3.4. Ill post back here with the results.

    2. Tested things out and appears to be working fine, did you create the custom template files and have everything setup correctly ?

  17. I get a server error trying to implement this 🙁

    1. what is the error you are getting ?

  18. alright, this is what i did for a fall-back:

    1. i created a folder within my template files called “search”. –> TEMPLATEPATH .’/search/’

    2. then created custom post templates using WordPress default search.php code.
    eg. : search-xxxxx.php where xxxxx is the custom post type.

    3. place all search-xxxxx.php custom post templates in the newly created search folder.

    4. rename default WordPress search.php to –> default-search.php

    5. create a new search.php and put the following code:

     

    6. wer’re basically calling a function called custom_search_template().

    7. lets define that function in the file fuctions.php :

    function custom_search_template() {

    $search_refer = $_GET[“post_type”];

    if ( isset($_GET[“post_type”]))
    {
        if (file_exists(TEMPLATEPATH . ‘/search/search-‘ .$search_refer. ‘.php’))
       
        load_template(TEMPLATEPATH . ‘/search/search-‘ .$search_refer. ‘.php’);
       
        else
        {
            load_template(TEMPLATEPATH . ‘/search-default.php’);
        }
    }
    else
    {
        load_template(TEMPLATEPATH . ‘/search-default.php’);
    }

    8. Finally the search form:

    <form id="searchform" action="/” method=”get”>
           

           

          
     

                Select Post Type

               
                    Business
                    News
                    LABEL
                    
              

    9. Basicaly when you use this form to submit a search querie,
       WordPress gets name=”post_type” –> ie:   $_GET[“post_type”];

    The function then checks if  $_GET[“post_type”] has been set,
     if so then loads a template file based on $search_refer = $_GET[“post_type”]
    from the /search/ folder we created.  ie. search-xxxxx.php  —>  search-$search_refer.php

    if no template called “search-$search_refer.php” exists then the function uses default-search.php to display search results.

    10. Please commemt if im mistaken.

     

  19.  function custom_search_template() {

    $search_refer = $_GET[“post_type”];

    load_template(TEMPLATEPATH . ‘/search/search-‘ .$search_refer. ‘.php’);

    }

  20. I have a problem with pagination, when custom post type search result is more than 5.

    Any advices?

    1. I tried this on the arg array

      ‘bio’,
      ‘posts_per_page’ => 10,
      ‘paged’ => $paged,
      );
      query_posts($args);
      ?>

  21. Vadim Goncharov March 7, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    How do you set up something where “nothing found” messages appears if there is no records in the db? 

  22. Ooh, great! What about form fields based on taxonomies or custom fields, like for a real estate search field? Just reading the snippet, it looks like a regular free-form search box that searches the post type of the post you’re currently viewing. What if it’s a search box on the homepage or another non-CPT? It doesn’t look like there’s a fallback to a regular ‘ol WordPress search. Please correct if wrong.

    1. No no my friend, you seem a little confused
       Check this line:

      You could change it to a custom post selector:

      Business
      News LABEL

      and so on..

      Note that:
        name=”post_type” —-> $_GET[“post_type”]; —> = $search_refer.meaning the search is not based on the post type of the post you’re currently viewing.its based on : name=”post_type” value.

  23. Flávio Leonard Vargas January 30, 2012 at 4:30 am

    Working Great! Thanks a bunch!

  24. This does work (brilliantly! thank you Kevin) only problem is there is a misplaced } in the
    Display search results section. This might be the source of Lin D’s problem.

    1. @toomanyairmiles:disqus  glad to hear that you like the snippet and thanks for the heads up for that extra } I updated the snippet.

  25. This didn’t work on mine

    1. Hi Lin D. this does work I have it running with a number of clients. If you wanted to email me with this form bellow I can help you further via email to get things running and even take a look at your templates if you would like.

      http://wpsnipp.com/contact/

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