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The default search returns all post types, which is what I want. But for one specific custom post type I want to limit the result to a specific meta key value (a custom date that must be greater than today).

Using the pre_get_posts hook and setting the meta_query does get me the correct result for that post type, but it also filters out all post types that do not have that key set.

Is it possible to use the meta_query only for one specific cpt?

That should be clear enough but here's some code nonetheless:

function searchExcludeOldMatches($query) {
    if (!is_admin()&&$query->is_search) {
        $query->set('meta_query', array(
                'key' => 'cpt-match-date'
                ,'value' => date('Y/m/d',time())
                ,'type' => 'DATE'
                ,'compare' => '>'
    return $query;
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You can limit your query even further...

if (
  && $query->is_search() 
  && ($query->get('post_type') == 'yourposttype')
) { 
  // ...

But if you want to query all post types but restrict those results for only one post type in the same query, you can't do that. You would need a UNION statement, probably, and WP_Query does not support that. You will need to use multiple queries or write your own SQL.

The easiest way to do it is something like this:

$post_ids = new WP_Query(array(
  // query for one post type
  'fields' => 'ids',
  // other parameters

$post_ids_2 = new WP_Query(array(
  // query for the others
  'fields' => 'ids',
  // other parameters
// join them
$post_ids = $post_ids->posts + $post_ids_2->posts;
$posts_qry = new WP_Query(array('post__in'=> $posts_ids));

But not the most efficient. That is three queries. I mention other possibilities in another thread: Custom query with category exclusion and post-meta "whitelist"


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Why? I do not want to limit my search to one post type. –  Sjeiti May 15 '13 at 21:35
Ah ok... I feared it wasn't possible... I'll work my way around it then. –  Sjeiti May 15 '13 at 22:00
... and thanks! –  Sjeiti May 16 '13 at 4:44

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