I have submitted an integer data via a form to my custom search page. I can get values properly if the input is single char (e.g. 1 ) but if the input is multi char (e.g. 100) it still compares against "1".

IF the user input is 1 I get all the posts with custom field value More than 1. but If the input is 100 the result is same.

Why is this happening??

Here is my code::

$i_rate = $_GET["interest_rate"];

                $bc_args = array(

                    'post_type' => 'data',
                    'order' => 'DESC',
                    'meta_key' => 'interest_rate',
                    'meta_value' =>$i_rate,
                    'meta_compare' => '>=',
                    'orderby' => 'meta_value_num',


                 $sortedPosts = new WP_Query($bc_args);
  • Should not 'meta_value' =>$i_rate, be 'meta_value_num' =>$i_rate, – user27457 Apr 1 '14 at 9:55
  • @magenta I tried that too...but it doesn't work that way – rafsuntaskin Apr 1 '14 at 11:15
  • Was going to suggest casting to INT on your value, but looks like the marked answer has you covered.. :) – t31os Apr 1 '14 at 11:30

You could try this instead:

$bc_args = array(
    'post_type'      => 'data',
    'data-category'  =>'insurance-rate',
    'order'          => 'DESC',
    'orderby'        => 'meta_value_num',
    'meta_query' => array(
            'key'     => 'interest_rate',
            'value'   => (int) $i_rate,
            'type'    => 'numeric',
            'compare' => '>='

$sortedPosts = new WP_Query( $bc_args );

where we use the numeric type.

You should also consider using filter_input instead of $_GET:

$i_rate = filter_input( INPUT_GET, 'i_rate', FILTER_SANITIZE_NUMBER_INT );

or the native add_query_var / get_query_var way.

Ps: data-category is not a native parameter in the WP_Query() class.

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  • Thank you so much.... it worked just I needed...I knew there was some type of casting problem just didn't know how to solve it. Thanks – rafsuntaskin Apr 1 '14 at 11:04
  • Glad to hear it worked for you. You can always check the generated SQL with echo $sortedPosts->request; to make sure it's what you want. – birgire Apr 1 '14 at 11:07

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