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Opened 18 months ago

Closed 18 months ago

Last modified 18 months ago

#56880 closed enhancement (duplicate)

Allow to select which columns to use when doing a search query

Reported by: petitphp's profile petitphp Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Query Keywords: has-patch has-unit-tests
Focuses: Cc:


Currently, there is no way of specifying which columns will be searched by a WP_Query when using the search parameter (s). The query will look for the terms in post_title, post_content and post_excerpt columns.

To restrict the search to specific columns, we can either manipulate the SQL clauses using the available hooks or write a custom SQL query. This is not practical, and it can lead to incorrect or unoptimized results.

This ticket proposes to add a new parameter search_columns to the WP_Query where we can choose which columns will be searched :

// Searching on post title
$q = new WP_Query(
        's' => 'the quick brown fox',
        'search_columns' => ['post_title'],

// Searching on post title and excerpt
$q = new WP_Query(
        's' => 'the quick brown fox',
        'search_columns' => ['post_title', 'post_excerpt'],

This new parameter takes an array of columns' names, with only the existing columns allowed as values (post_title, post_content and post_excerpt).

Change History (4)

This ticket was mentioned in PR #3510 on WordPress/wordpress-develop by @petitphp.

18 months ago

  • Keywords has-patch has-unit-tests added

#2 @johnbillion
18 months ago

  • Version trunk deleted

Related / dupliadte: #43867

#3 @petitphp
18 months ago

  • Resolution set to duplicate
  • Status changed from new to closed

Duplicate of #43867.

#4 @desrosj
18 months ago

  • Milestone Awaiting Review deleted
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