Is there a way to filter single.php so that if someone came from search.php it would display one thing, but if they came from anywhere else it would display another?

Thanks, Josh

  • Related wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/155323/…
    – Tom J Nowell
    Jul 21, 2014 at 20:06
  • They are only related because they are discussing search.php...in one of them I am trying to figure out how to create a custom single.php file if someone comes from the search page, in the other I am trying to display the search term (what someone searches for) across selected pages in the site. Jul 21, 2014 at 20:23
  • If the answer to this question is no, then the other question is no, if the answer to this question is yes, then that answer is about 80%~ of the work needed to do the others. Any comments or answers are extremely relevant to eachother
    – Tom J Nowell
    Jul 21, 2014 at 20:48

2 Answers 2


You could hook into the the_permalink filter and check for is_search() to conditionally modify the URLs of your search results to include some additional parameters that your single.php then checks for. Something like this (may require tinkering):

add_filter( 'the_permalink', 'wpse155331_the_permalink' );
function wpse155331_the_permalink( $url ) {
  if ( is_search() ) {
    $url = add_query_arg( array( 'from_search' => 'true' ), $url );
  return $url;
  • You should be able to incorporate the search term from your other related question in the same code - just add the search term as another key/value pair in the add_query_arg function. Jul 21, 2014 at 21:40
  • karpstrucking, I'm not sure how to integrate this, but I was able to find out how to do this another way. Thanks for the help :-) Jul 22, 2014 at 14:43

I created an if statement to solve my problem:

    if (stripos(wp_get_referer(), "cat=")!==false) {
        echo "Came from Search";
    } else {
        echo "Didn't come from Search";

I am doing a category search, so I check to see if cat= is in the referrer url (or search url), if it is I execute some code, if not I execute some different code :-)

That's it!


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