Is it possible to query posts by a specific word on title?


I have 3 posts inside my blog and only two have the word car on the title.

  1. She wants a ride on my truck
  2. My car is super fast
  3. Her car is yellow

If this is possible, query should return only posts 2 and 3.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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    If you have some MySQL knowledge, you'd achieve this. your search returns 3 posts because the first one contains the word 'car' in the content. See this blog post sam.elegance-style.com/2015/08/08/wordpress/… replace WHERE post_content LIKE '%$query%' with WHERE post_title LIKE '%$query%'
    – Ismail
    Oct 12, 2015 at 22:44
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    Here are two great answers which will solve your issue: 1.) This answer by birgire. 2.) This answer by gmazzap Oct 13, 2015 at 5:36

1 Answer 1


The answer to this question is here.

The full credit of the answer to my question goes for the author of the answer birgire.

All I had to do was slightly change is plugin "Support for post name like in WP_Query" turning it into a function like this:

add_filter( 'posts_where', 'title_like_posts_where', 10, 2 );
function title_like_posts_where(  $where, $q) {
if( $name__like = $q->get( '_name__like' ) )
    global $wpdb;
    $where .= $wpdb->prepare(
        " AND {$wpdb->posts}.post_name LIKE %s ",
            array( '**', '*' ), 
            array( '*',  '%' ),  
            mb_strtolower( $wpdb->esc_like( $name__like ) ) 
return $where;

A special thanks to Pieter Goosen for pointing my out to the solution.

  • You should post your code as you hve said you have changed it, otherwise your question is just a duplicate ;-) Oct 13, 2015 at 17:11
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    @PieterGoosen Thanks, again! By the way, do you know how can I multiple words in the title instead of just one? Example: How can I query '_name__like' => 'Her car*'
    – bpy
    Oct 13, 2015 at 17:19
  • Unfortunately not, my SQL is really bad. Would be great if @birgire can see the post and comment ;-) Oct 13, 2015 at 17:23

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