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

  1. Can you send more detail about the Search & Filter Pro , how it can be work . i have some custemer code about the post . I not shure the plugin is work on my WordPress . Have any demo code (php) about Search & Filter using post & woo commerce show me how it work.

  2. Hi, I am having a LOT of trouble. I just took over a website from a web designer who disappeared and they are using your SEARCH & FILTER PRO plugin. When I try and upgrade, (currently using 2.1.2), I get this message: Update Failed: Download failed. Unauthorized

    Obviously since the guy disappeared I dont have access to any user name or password he may have used with you – so how do I resolve?

    Thank you


    • Ross

      Hi Lee, the designer that was working on it should have registered the license for their client.. if they registered it under their own name (and paid for it), then there is nothing I can do about it, as the license is affiliated with the user, and gets assigned to a website.

      If they registered it for the client (against your clients email address), then the client would hopefully have copies of registration info & login details – whereby you would be able to login and manage your account etc – but it sounds like this is unlikely the case.

      I’m guessing your best bet is to ask your client for the info, if they do not have it then you’ll need to get them to purchase a new license.

      Once you get a license you’ll be able to receive updates etc as normal.. Just be aware that the designer may / may not have changed the core plugin files (I’ve seen this happen), so take backups etc… Any further questions drop me a message here:


      • Lee

        Hi, I sent an email and have not heard back. I purchased the app again and I want to know how I can get it installed WITHOUT deleting the old one or messing anything up. I sent this 4 days ago and have not heard back. Thanks

  3. Rich

    Hi, I’m wanting to create a page where users can click radio buttons/check boxes for the features they’re after for a product – which will be taken from a list of all categories and tags. The list needs to be subtractive, so if you tick boxes for both ‘black’ & ‘heavy’ for example it will only show products tagged with both black and heavy.

    Will this plugin do that?

  4. Lukas


    I have presale question. Is your plugin works well with metabox plugin?

    Thanks in advance


    • Ross

      I haven’t actually tested the two, but any plugin using post meta (which it looks like that one does) will work fine, I know S&F works with PODS and ACF, I assume this plugin uses similar methods 🙂

    • Ross

      It should do – give it a spin, if you have any issues we’ll be happy to help 🙂

  5. Frans

    Hi there,

    If i want to search based on custom fields/post_meta, do i need to get the pro version? And if i do, what would be the difference between the single-site and developer license? Would it be one time fee or …. ?

    Kindly advise.

    • Ross

      Yup, pro searches custom fields where free does not.

      Dev license means you can use it on unlimited number of sites whereas single is one.

      The cost is for 1 year of support and updates, after which you can renew at 30% discount otherwise you can continues to the use the version you have unlimited, without updates & support.

      Hope that makes sense! Best

  6. Gayathri Colundalur

    This looks like a great plugin! We have a requirement to filter products by published date. Can that be accomplished using this plugin?

    • Ross

      Yup absolutely, we have a single date picker field, or two date pickers to do a date range for published date 🙂

  7. Eileen

    Hi, I have a cuestión. I need filters bases on characteristics like type ej sedan, model but model depend of brand, then brand is filtered when I choose type. And model have versions an year. I product can to have several brand, model, versión and a range of year. I can do this with your plugin? Thanks

  8. Alejandro Mejia

    Hi Ross,
    We are designing a web site, and want to use Search & Filter plugin, there is already a online site, where we did not want to devel, therefore we have a local site… we want to test ajax update… we must buy 2 single site licenses?


    • Ross

      Hey Alejandro, if you have the license yourself, then you can just “deactivate” the license on teh live site and then “activate” on the local site – only 1 license should be required (we do not ask to purchase extra just for development). Thanks

    • Ross

      The search bar down the side is Search & Filter in action, the rest is combination of custom taxonomies (using CPTUI plugin) and custom fields using ACF plugin (this is for attaching data to your posts)… then the theme is just a modified version of 2016 with a layout for movies I made.. Best

      • Hi Ross,

        I have another question.

        When I use the premium plugin to filter the content, can I do that the results are shown alphabeticaly? or I need to mess with the code to achieve that.

        Thanks for the help.


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