November 1, 2008

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WordPress – Exclude pages from search results

Article written by Jeeremie

One way to exclude pages from search results is to install the Simply-Exclude plugin. Another solution I found to work pretty well is to add a filter in functions.php to only include posts categories instead of excluding pages from search results:

// Remove pages from search
function mySearchPostsFilter($query)
if ($query->is_search)
$query->set('cat','12,14,16,17,18'); // your category IDs
return $query;

That’s it! Replace the posts category IDs (‘12,14,16,17,18′) by your owns and it should work.

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Article written by Jeeremie:

Hi, My Name is Jeremie Tisseau. I am a French UI/UX Designer, Event Organizer and Web Entrepreneur based in Bangkok, Thailand, since January 2009. I design beautiful and functional web and mobile apps for early stage startups.

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  1. jason allen says:

    26 Nov, 2008

    how do you exclude categories or posts?

    I have found many plugins that will easily exclude pages. I’m looking for a pluglin to exclude posts.

    know anything for that?

  2. Jeremie Tisseau says:

    26 Nov, 2008

    Well, this post explains how to exclude categories. To exclude posts, once I came across a plugin but I don’t remember its name.

    Have you tried to search the WordPress plugin directory?

    Otherwise, ask on their forum. Someone might answer you. you can also search on Lorelle’s site. He always tells about the latest plugins.

  3. jasprit says:

    13 May, 2009

    sir, i am having problem in my search it shows only the post name but i want like the as it shows in the index page of my site systematically

  4. Wouter de Winter says:

    23 Jul, 2009

    Instead of including categories you can also specify a post type. This example includes only posts and excludes pages:

    $query->set(‘post_type’, ‘post’);

  5. William Knight says:

    9 Jun, 2010

    Brilliant little function hack! Just what I needed…thanks Jeeremie!

  6. Walt Ribeiro says:

    23 Sep, 2010

    Jeremie, great article. I was wondering – how can I search a term in ONLY post title as opposed a whole category or blog post? For example, if I specify ‘Bon+Jovi as the term for a category its written as – but what if I want to search ONLY a blog post title?

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