Adding multiple hidden fields to filter wordpress search

Posted on 4th March, 2017 Leave a Comment

To add multiple fields you’ll first need to create a small funciton in your functions.php


 * Custom Search Queries 
 * Allows the use of multiple hidden filters on search.php
function SearchFilter($query) {
$post_type = $_GET['post_type'];
if (!$post_type) {
    $post_type = 'any';
if ($query->is_search) {
    $query->set('post_type', $post_type);
return $query;

Then in your searchform.php you can add hidden fields like this.

<form method="get" action="<?php bloginfo('url'); ?>/">
	<label for="s">Search the site: </label>
	<input type="text" id="s" name="s" value="<?php the_search_query(); ?>">

	<!-- Search only these custom post types -->
			<input type="hidden" name="post_type[]" value="page">
			<input type="hidden" name="post_type[]" value="services">
			<input type="hidden" name="post_type[]" value="solutions">
			<input type="hidden" name="post_type[]" value="resources">
			<input type="hidden" name="post_type[]" value="technology">
			<input type="hidden" name="post_type[]" value="about">
	<input type="submit" value="Search">

If you want to do this with any other filter, for example categories. Repeat the above and replace post_type with cat.

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