Is it possible to return a specific tag archive/template as one of the search results?

For example, let's say my site has the tag:

  • Summer

And my site has the pages:

  • Summer picnicking
  • Fun, fun, fun (Has the tag 'Summer' on it)
  • Sample page (Has the word 'Summer' in the content of the page)

And let's say that the user searches "Summer".

Normally, the three pages would return because they either have 'Summer' in the title, in the content, or the tag 'Summer' applied to them.

But I'd like there to be a fourth returned result: the archive for the tag "Summer". So that the four returned results are:

  1. Summer (tag archive)
  2. Summer picnicking
  3. Fun, fun, fun
  4. Sample page

Is there a way to do this?


A simple way to do is to edit your theme's "search.php" (copying it from the parent theme into your child theme's directory first if you're using a child theme) and then before the posts loop putting something like:

            if ( $tag = get_term_by( 'name', get_search_query(), 'post_tag' ) ) {
                <article><!-- or whatever is consistent with rest of listing. -->
                    <h2 class="entry-title"><!-- ditto -->
                        <a href="<?php echo esc_url( get_tag_link( $tag->term_id ) ); ?>" rel="bookmark"><?php printf( __( '%s (tag archive)' ),  $tag->name ); ?></a>
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