Is it possible, to search just for tags?

Not any other taxonomies or post types, just tag titles.

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Yes its very possible, you just need to create your own search form and processing function form:

<form name="tag-search" method="POST" action="">
  <input type="text" vlaue="" name="tag-q" id="tag-q">
  <input type="submit" name="tag-submit" id="tag-submit" value="Search Tags">


if (isset($_POST['tag-submit']) && $_POST['tag-submit'] == "Search Tags" && isset($_POST['tag-q']) && $_POST['tag-q'] != ""){

    // @todo Sanity check and cleanup $_POST['tag-q'] here.

    $args = array('name__like' => $_POST['tag-q']);
    $tags = get_tags($args);
    $html = '<div class="post_tags_search_r">';
    foreach ($tags as $tag){
        $tag_link = get_tag_link($tag->term_id);

        $html .= "<a href='{$tag_link}' title='{$tag->name} Tag' class='{$tag->slug}'>";
        $html .= "{$tag->name}</a>";
    $html .= '</div>';
    echo $html;

No this is something i have used in the past, the only downside to this is that name__like is case-insensitive so you might want to add the strtolower version to the name__like.

  • good hook. But this example in unsafe, we should clean up the [tag-q] to avoid problems Mar 28, 2011 at 21:57
  • @Happy i agree 100%
    – Bainternet
    Mar 28, 2011 at 22:29

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