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Search by custom fields, post meta, taxonomies, tags, categories, authors, post types, post dates and more – The Ultimate WordPress Filter Plugin with Ajax!

Demo 1 (Movies) Demo 2 (WooCommerce)

It allows you to Search & Filter your posts / custom posts / products by any number of parameters allowing your users to easily find what they are looking for on your site, whether it be a blog post, a product in an online shop and more.

WordPress meta data and taxonomy filters

Users can filter by Categories, Tags, Taxonomies, Custom Fields, Post Meta, Post Dates, Post Types and Authors, or any combination of these easily.

Use for blogs, reviews sites, news sites, property sites and more.

Great for searching in your online shop, tested with: WooCommerce (+product attributes), WP eCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads.

Screenshots of Search & Filter admin section and when used in different themes (2013 and WooCommerce) – click to open full size images.


Features List

  1. Create forms to search your posts, products, or any other custom post types in your site
  2. Add WordPress meta data and taxonomy filters to your site
  3. Drag and drop interface – makes building and editing forms so much easier
  4. Use AJAX to display results! No page refreshes. Also power your pagination with Ajax
  5. Auto Count / Dynamic Count – dynamically update the count values in the search forms as a user is searching to reflect the correct number of terms for the current search.
  6. Modifies the main query, so displaying your results is easy
  7. Create as many different search forms as you like, and as many results pages as you like
  8. Display anywhere in your pages or themes using widgets or shortcodes
  9. Include or exclude tags, categories and taxonomies from your search results
  10. Available Fields:
    • Search
      • add a search input field to your forms to allow users to enter text – uses the same functionality as you current search box – this may be the default search behaviour or enhanced behaviour from other plugins such as Relevanssi
      • Live Update – with Ajax enabled, your search results will auto update whilst typing
    • Tag, Category, Taxonomy – allow users to filter by any combination of these
      • input types: dropdowns, radio buttons, checkboxes, multiselects, single or multiselect comboboxes from Chosen
      • options: hierarchical, hide empty terms, display count, exclude terms by ID
      • order terms by: ID, name, slug, count, term group
      • search logic: all terms must be included (AND), or any of the terms must be included (OR)
    • Post Type
      • input types: dropdowns, radio buttons, checkboxes, multiselects, single or multiselect comboboxes from Chosen
    • Post Date
      • input types: single date, date range
      • jQuery Date Picker
      • Choose if the picker has a dropdown for months/years
      • Date display formats: “dd/mm/yyyy”, “mm/dd/yyyy” and “yyyy/mm/dd”
    • Post Meta – allow users to search custom fields/meta data
      •  allow users to select between number ranges, date picker and choice fields
      • input types:
        • number: range slider, range number, range radio buttons
        • choice: dropdown, radio, checkbox, multiselects, single or multiselect comboboxes from Chosen 
        • date: jQuery date picker, single date or two two date pickers to select a date range – supports dates saved in the database in the format YYYYMMDD or as a timestamp
    • Author
      • input types: dropdowns, radio buttons, checkboxes, multiselects, single or multiselect comboboxes from Chosen 
      • options: hide authors with no posts, display count, exclude admins, use full names
      • order authors by: ID, name, email, url, registred date, login, post count
    • Sort Order – a field to allow users to sort results by various parameters including meta data
      • Options: sort results by ID, author, title, name, date, date modified, parent ID, random, comment count and menu order
      • Meta Data: this can include by popularity, price, or anything else you use your meta fields for as numerically or you can sort your meta data alphabetically.
      • Choose whether sorting is ASC or DESC – both are optional.
      • Custom labels for all options – completely customise text that is displayed in the dropdown
  11. Frontend UI elements – jQuery date picker, range sliders and comboboxes from Chosen.
  12. Use custom templates for your search results.
  13. I18n ready – translations are planned
  14. Works with Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) plugin – allows you to search with dropdowns, checkboxes, radio buttons and multiselect even where the meta value is serialized.  Essentially, if you are using any of the Basic fields (not text area) or Choice fields then you can filter these in Search & Filter Pro.  Date Picker is now also supported provided the date is stored as “yymmdd” as the save option with ACF.
  15. Integrated with WooCommerce – use directly on your shop page, search Product Attributes and Meta across regular products and product variations 🙂
  16. Works with WP eCommerce
  17. Works with Easy Digital Downloads
  18. Works with WPML
  19. Dedicated Support Forum
  20. 1 Year of Support and Upgrades



Head over to the docs which covers how to use Search & Filter Pro.  We’re working on adding more info and video tutorials soon.

Get started with the docs



We provide support between Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 5.30pm GMT but if we’re online outside of those hours don’t be surprised to get a reply from us.

Support is provided through our support forums using the login details you supplied when purchasing the plugin:

Head to the support forums


Ratings & Reviews

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634 Responses to “Search & Filter Pro – The Ultimate WordPress Filter Plugin”

  1. Carole Alalouf

    Hi there, I am interested in buying but have a couple of questions:

    1) Can you think of any reason why this plugin could not be used to create a gift-idea generator for an affiliate marketer who wants to link each gift idea to an advertiser site using an affiliate link?

    2) I am not new to wordpress but I usually use store-bought themes and have not used custom types. Is the learning curve for your plugin steep, or should I be able to manage? Note that I ALSO want to have regular blog posts that run parallel to the gift idea generator. Don’t know if that’s relevant.

    3) I only want to use it for one site now, but if it works out well I’d want to roll it out to many sites. Is it possible to upgrade from single use to developer license?


    • Ross

      Hey Carole

      To answer:

      1) Not sure, I guess so, if you could give a specific example of how your data would be structured I could confirm.
      2) S&F works on only the post types you want – so having a separate blog would not be an issue – you could even create separate additional searches for your blog.
      3) Yup, we have upgrade paths from single site to dev 🙂


  2. Hi,

    1. Will this plugin allow me to filter custom post types using the Go Portfolio plugin. We basically want to display a portfolio and use your plugin to filter via checkboxes and provide a search form.

    2. If so, will the results use the same format as the portfolio?

    Thanks Ryan

    • Ross

      Hi Ryan, to answer:

      1) Yes – as long as the portfolio is a custom post type (this is common for most themes and plugins)
      2) Possibly not – if your template uses the WordPress loop then you could use the same layout with S&F – otherwise you can always customise the default S&F template – and here you can copy over the html / css structure to match that of your portfolio – provided you know what you are doing with html/css


  3. Manuel Calapez

    Hi there,
    I’m running a woocommerce store where products have a date custom field. Can I filter results by this custom field date?
    Thank you!

    • Ross

      Hey Manuel – sure, S&F supports filtering and sorting by post meta – if it is a date though, it must be stored as YYYYMMDD in the database.


    • Ross

      Annual renewal – although if you do not renew you can continue to use S&F no problem, but it is advised to renew to keep up with updates & new releases

  4. David

    We’re using one url as a staging and test site. The live site will be at a permanent URL.

    Is this a single license?


  5. yvonne

    Pre-sales question: Are license renewals $20 also or are they discounted? I just need to provide a cost analysis to my client.

  6. yvonne

    I am considering purchasing the Search & Filter Pro for my client. I am using Genesis and a child theme I developed. Is your plugin fully compatible with Genesis?

    • Ross

      The plugin will work with any theme, but “fully compatible” perhaps it is not. The only issue I see with users using themes like Genesis, is that you cannot use the layout builders provided by those themes to style the search results. S&F can use any regular WP template, or you can create your own – so if using this method then if fully compatible. But you could not use the page builder for example to create a layout for your results. Hope that helps!


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