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

  1. Vishnu Vardhan

    Hi ,

    We are getting an error “Error: The `has_archive` attribute is set to false for the post type Pages – this must be enabled in order to use the Post Type Archive in WP.”Can you please help on what the error is and how to solve it.

  2. Poisson

    Good morning everyone, I would like to buy this plugin but i need to know if is compatible with Polylang plugin and if we can automaticly rule out some categories or tags in one filter.
    We do not need to code ? , I hope…

    Please, can you help,
    Elise from France

  3. macrek

    In your licensing policy you write: “A valid and active license key is required in order to get automatic upgrades for purchased extensions. Updates are included for free for one year. If you have a valid and active license key, and your plugin(s) supports it, updates will be delivered automatically from the WordPress dashboard.”.

    Does it mean, that after one year I will be able to update Search&Filter Pro manually ?
    Or does it mean, that after one year I won’t be able to update Search&Filter Pro plugin ? So your plugin costs 20$/year when I want to be up to date.

    • Ross

      The second option, if you don’t have a license you can’t receive updates in any way. Just to add, there is a discount on renewals, I think currently this is about $16 per year. Thanks

  4. Mario Alessandro Placido

    simple pre sale question, i can use this filter in aa otizontal coloum or is on on the sidebar ???


    • Ross

      You can use it anywhere you like (you can use a shortcode to place it), to do horizontal form you will need CSS probably – we can point you in the right direction with some code if you open a ticket on support. Thanks

    • Ross

      Its not per domain, its per install, so if you had two different sites, one on subdomain, and one on main domain, that would be two single site licenses. Best

  5. Hi,
    I am considering buying the pro version but ive been trialling your demo version and when i set post_types=”product” to filter only products, in the search query it defines ‘post_types=”products”‘ when it should only be post_type=”product” and is therefore showing up page listings instead of product listings?

    Thanks, Chris.

    • Ross

      Hey Chris, this was intentional, we added `post_types` to allow multiple post types, which WP does not support by default.

      Anyway, Pro is a bit different, and won’t add this to the URL, you choose your results page and get to set the post types via admin area. It looks like you’re using woocommerce, pro has full support for this 🙂

      Hope that helps

  6. Simon

    Can I make a search based on the user profile and his possible custom fields ? Or the search is limited to post and page ?


    • Ross

      S&F is limited to any post type in WP, search for users’ is not possible. Best

  7. Rick

    Pre-sale Question: I have 100 tracks on my website and I want to let users search based on Moods, Genres, Instruments etc. Right now my genres are set under Stations and my moods as Tags. Will I be able to cross search multiple genres and moods in one search?

  8. Maria Tiqwah

    Hi Ross,

    It seems like I have to hit ‘search’ (ZOEKEN) twice before it gives correct results. For example: if I first search for ‘Akkeringa, J.E.H. (4)’ and then ‘Agutte, G. (1)’, the first time it just shows one Akkeringa in stead of the Agutte. Only when I hit the ‘search’ button again, it actualy shows the Agutte. I tried out a lot of different settings, but the problem remains. I used Search & Filter Pro in the footer: (maria[@]

    I hope you can help me out 🙂

  9. Marc

    Hi Ross,

    I’ve a question about WooCommerce compatibility, is the following point fully compliant with WC ?
    Post Meta – allow users to search custom fields/meta data. So I can create select inputs belong my products custom fields?



  10. Hi there, i already have older version of Search&Pro installed on my website. It is addapted to do very specific search. So, my question is, if i buy and install new one updated version, it will work similar, or it need to be adapted again?


    • Ross

      If by adapted, you mean setting up Search Forms with their options, and the integration with your theme, then you should just be able to upgrade (there is a small chance of an upgrade issue, but settings should be saved).

      If you meant you have modified the Search & Filter plugin files themselves, then we cannot guarantee anything, modifying plugins directly is not recommended in WP because when updating a plugin the old files will be replaced with the new files.

      Hope that helps

    • Ross

      Yup you can include / exclude any tags, categories or taxonomies from your results using our UI 🙂

  11. Maciej

    Presale question. It is possible: exclude “child category product” (sub-category product) in options of search?
    I have a lot of sub-categories, and only 12 categories. I do not want to show all sub-categories, only 12 major.

  12. Martin Sulbrandt

    This is an amazing plugin. Was hoping this to be WordPress default, who knows why they haven’t taken it this far.
    Anyway, I saw a “slider selector” in the movie ranking page demo. Is this only available in the Pro version?
    Also what other types of filter selectors do we get in the Pro version?
    I’m looking at building something similar to Trivago filter bar, would this be possible with Search & Filter?


  13. Cynthia M Bucher

    Hi there! Presale question. I have about 4 categories containing a collective total of 60 tags to use on my image library and would like to be able to have them listed on the left side where users can “checkbox” the tags they care about, and the images will show up on the right side.
    I want them to be able to click the image they want and get a brief description to go with it.
    Do you think that is doable with this? Thank you!

    • Ross

      Hey Cynthia

      Absolutely this is possible. What happens when you click a search result is upto you, as you can create your own WordPress template for your search result. If you are a coder you can add things like JS popups etc from teh results list no problem, but this part is a customisation you will have to handle, the rest S&F does out of the box 🙂


  14. Pierre

    I’m working on a real estate website and S&F seems to fit my needs.
    I am really interested in buying Search & Filter Pro.
    I created a custom meta field called ID (4 numbers).
    Is it possible to make an input search field for this field ?
    On documentations I have read : Post Meta (Custom Fields) – Search your post meta – supports number ranges, choice inputs (dropdown, checkbox, multiselect or radio) or dates and date ranges.
    Not search input with ‘compare’ choice ?
    All the best, thanks.

  15. Pre-sales question:
    difference between single and developer license?
    the intention is to use it on single site only with relevanssi support in search bar.


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