WordPress Custom Fields Search 0.3.15

Apologies to everyone who installed yesterday’s release (0.3.14), this mornings release (0.3.15) should bring back the custom fields functionality.  I was obviously a little premature in marking that one stable.  Thanks to Vytautas for pointing out the issue.

Also, the previous release fixed some problems with the method of including search forms in posts and pages.  To fix this bug though I have had to change the syntax for including presets in posts, please check the “settings/wp custom fields search” section of the site to see the new syntax.  The old method is now deprecated (meaning it works for now so that everyone has a chance to update, but I will remove it soon.)

Basically what was:

[wp-custom-fields-search 1]

Is now:

[ wp-custom-fields-search preset="1"]

Category: Open Source, Wordpress Plugins | Tags: , , 192 comments »

192 Responses to “WordPress Custom Fields Search 0.3.15”

  1. pratik

    hi, how can i add categories in to “WP Custom Fields Search”.i can add state, city and all other custom field.but can’t add categary field.and i have used classipress theme. can you help me?

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  3. Kopelia


    I’ve installed the plugin ‘Wp custom fields search’, fantastic plugin, but I’ve a problem. When I do a search only show one result. What can I do for show more results?



  4. Baga

    please remove my email address from the notifies. thanks

  5. Ada

    Hello, the plugin is absolutely great!

    Unfortunately, I have the same problem as Eric in number 18, which here has ever been solved. Search results will only appear on the homepage …
    Can anyone help me determine where the page template to display the search results?

    Advance thanks a lot for your help

  6. Zekai Huang

    I would really like to thank you for the awesome plugin. But I have a question for it, I have a custom filed in the format of “Date”, and I want to search post with the field that is before that Date. I found that it works on the postdata of date, but not the custom filed. I think it is just the way I used it was not right, so could you please give me a hint. Thank you.

  7. Carl O'Dell

    Is there anyway to sort by custom fields?

  8. Sandy

    Having the same issue as Sabella (135).

    it display the results OK, but when clicking for the “next page”, the link doesn´t work because the words of my search are “reagrupated” into one:

    URL should be -example: /page/2/……/+word+word….
    and it is transformed to: : /page/2/…../wordwordword

    I found that if I change the “+word+word+word” in the url and I put “word&word&word”, It works and it displays the results for all the pages
    : /page/2/…../word&word&word/

    Has anyone found a fix?

  9. Marcin

    Using it and it works great! I’m using it to build a search for concert events.
    Best regards!

  10. Arturo

    Hi there Don, thanks for this plugin, one question, do you think it is possible to have something like this: http://www.invisalign.com/Doctor-Locator/Pages/Default.aspx with your plugin? Thanks!

  11. Fabio Neves de Brito


    You have done a GREAT plugin!

    But something is not working on my website: the pagination on the search result page. Try to search at http://haandvaerksvirksomhed.dk

    Is it a bug or something else? Have you suggestuon how I can solve this problem?

    Best regards

  12. Erick S.

    Hey there,

    I like the plugin and want to use it…only thing I cannot seem to figure out is how to dispay the searchresults as excerpts with this plugin.

    I have the plugin combined with 2 other searchfields in the same form.

    If I only use one of the searchoptions that do not use the plugin all search results are presented as excerpts. Like I want.

    But when searching only with a search option that uses this plugin it shows all post(s) in total…no excerpt.

    How do I do fix this?
    Thanks for a quick answer 🙂

  13. Erick S.

    Sorry for ‘bumping’…but I have found the solution for the excerpts-issue!

    The following:

    In your loop.php look for the line that says ‘/* How to display all other posts. */’.

    In this section of loop.php just remove everything that reffers to ‘the_content’.

    All I have left there is:

    Hope this has helped.

  14. Fabio Neves de Brito


    Is there anyway to insert pagination in the search result page?

    You can check out thi link http://haandvaerksvirksomhed.dk/?search-class=DB_CustomSearch_Widget-db_customsearch_widget&widget_number=preset-default&cs-all-0=&cs–1=Brol%C3%A6gning&cs-Omr%C3%A5de-2=&cs-all-3=&search=S%C3%B8g

    There you can see, the pagination is missing!

  15. Fabio Neves de Brito


    I have found the problem and have fixed it. Many thanks!

  16. KeZoo

    Hi Fabio!

    i have the same problem. Can you tell me how did you fix it?

    Best Regards,

  17. James

    Hey 🙂


    This plugin worked great along side the custom field search.

    My problem is the more options I enter into the search the longer it takes to even return a result (sometimes I have to reset my server).
    I have 9 options so surley it should be able to handle this :S

  18. Hudson Valley Website Designer

    Lovin’ this plugin. Working flawlessly for me 🙂 Thank you for this.

  19. Fabio de Brito

    Hi Kezzo

    Sorry for the late answer. I have seen now your post.

    The problem is not in the plugin itself, but in the theme.

    I have tried to use the pagenavi for example and I even couldn´t install it. Then I have activated the Twenty Eleven and the plugin worked smooth and all the plugins were activated.

    Then I have also deactivated all the plugins and activated the previous theme and the problem was back.

    I was not so sure the about the cause of the real problem. Then it was decided to build a new and primitive pagination with just “Previous” and “Next” button until I have the time to develop a better pagination.

    The solution was hard coded directly in the search.php

    Please, feel free to contact me in case you need something more else. I´d like to help!



  20. Mike


    Let me say that your plugin is one the top 5 filter plugin that I tried so far, but there is a common thing missing in all of such plugins, so if I may suggest something that would make your plugin ONE of a kind…

    Because of the dropdown selections are not dependable between them, it is possible to select such combination that returns no results….
    So what would the customer do when they try several times and get no results… they fly off… therefore, dropdowns should be dependable..

    I found a premium theme which have solved it with hiding the second field until the first is selected, then the second only show available option within the first selected field in the dropdown…
    my gues would be that the loop is done after every selection… but not really a pro php so not sure if that is possible…

    Hope that somebody can help me out to achieve this…


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  22. Dean


    Ive been on the hunt for a multiple cat search feature and have found my solution which is great!

    I have one major problem with your form.

    Ive done all the testing and the whole system works fine searching.

    Its just when I click search the results are shown on the homepage which features a image slider which makes the page all funny. I would like the search results to show on a normal page without the main slider on.

    Click Search = Results on index.php *NOT GOOD*


    Click Search = Results on search.php *GOOD*

    This would make search results look a whole lot better and the complete installation of this plugin.

    Any ideas would be great and any info needed then I will supply.


    PS: Im willing to donate some £ if able to complete.

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    hey there

    good plugin, but with lot of room for improvement to be even better. if someone work on this, let us know, as we would like to grab some improvements and use this type of custom search. thanks

    of course if you are after some fancy branded fashion visit us at

    improvements we would like with plugin: exclude/inc categories filed, and/or option for user, and similar.

    tip for anyone else: don’t use plugin search page, use plugin code and make your own from your theme template. works perfectly. very easy to customize form with css. also works with 3.4 🙂

  24. Profango

    I’ve been tryin to get the plugin to work correctly because when it does it will be exactly what I need. But unfortunately the plugin is not allowing me to search categories.

    In the area that ask me to list the drop-down items I have specific categories with the exactly names so that the categories are searchable… but when I go to search for them they arent found.

    What I have done was disable a text field for keyword searches because I want all of the plugins to come up as in the category search without keywords

    Can you help me with my issue.

  25. kenji

    Hello, great plug-in. I appreciate auther of this.

    Today i try use checkboxes,but code is Ryan’s full code is 404.

    if Somebody have Fixed Code :http://www.ryanmalin.co.uk/checkboxes.txt
    ,Please upload it again.

    or mail to me.

    If you do, I am very appreciate.

  26. kenji

    Sorry repost,
    my mail address is fline999@yahoo.co.jp

  27. Alberto

    any advance about check boxes??? I really need to integrate check boxes in my advanced search form… : (

    I´ll paid for it.


  28. Ryan

    Hi guys.

    I have reposted my code for checkboxes at the below URL:


    I didn’t realise people were looking for it, sorry about that. I don’t think this plugin is supported by Don anymore 🙁


  29. Stan

    How I can return only values of custom fields? See problem in this site – in dropdowns returned values from MySQL base. Checkboxes are generally wrong… -(
    How I can fix it?
    P.S. WP 3.5.1, WordPress Custom Fields Search 0.3.15

  30. Jon

    I’m having problems with multiple search forms on the one page. I have a tabbed widget area and a different search form in each tab. The counter gets confused and flashes through a bunch of possible numbers of posts to return, then it gives up and sets to 0 and stops one from pressing on the search button.

    It only really happens with the first form (the main one) and the rest of them in the tabbed areas [seem] to work fine.

    So I either need to know how to just turn off the function of the counter results thingy or have the issue fixed.


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  39. tothai

    Hi Don,

    Perfect plugin, you r awesome.

    But i get a eror: My result when use your Plugin seach only display Title, not display meta: example: date, post content..

    Can i fix it, please?

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  41. Robin

    Hi can you help me with my problem. My custom field search plugin have problem with the numbers search. 10, 20, 30, 40 works good but i have 3 numbers 100, 200, 300, 400 than my search will not working have any body on solution for this. I am weeks bizzy whit this?

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