I created a custom table 'products' with the following field:title,description,url.The items stored into the table are imported.

I would like to extends the wordpress search to this table. Is it possible to do this?

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By default, WordPress searches by keyword. What this means is that when passed the search query "Loren Ipsum", WordPress builds the following for the WHERE clause:

((wp_posts.post_title LIKE '%Loren%') OR
(wp_posts.post_content LIKE '%Loren%')) 
((wp_posts.post_title LIKE '%Ipsum%') OR
(wp_posts.post_content LIKE '%Ipsum%'))

This answer can be helpful to you ! There is also a plugin for this : Search Everything


Depends how you would like to do it. I am currently building a site with a custom search. I did it in a couple of steps.

  • Think about prefered url: www.example.com/search/< product_name >
  • Create a wordpress template for your custom search.
  • Add a page with the coresponding template. Note the pages id
  • Add the needed rewrite tags for it. You will use them later in your search template:

    function custom_rewrite_tags() {
  • Now you can create your rewrite so the search is a pretty url to your liking

    function action_custom_rewrite_rules() {
        add_rewrite_rule('^search/([^&]+)/?$','index.php?page_id=<the page id>&var=$matches[1]','top'); 

    The add rewrite rule specifies the regex to match for the url, and the coresponding query it will send to index.php. The regex captures are remmemberd in the $matches variable, starting from index 1 the first captured group. In this case whatever is www.example.com/search/< here >/ . We assign the matches to your custom rewrite tag.

  • Now in your search template you can start a function and it will have access to the rewrite tags. Example, will return your variable. If you don't like pretty url-s you can always search with a get_query:

     * Template name: Custom Search Template
    $var = get_query_var('var');
  • And now the query

    $sql = $wpdb->prepare("SELECT * FROM myTable WHERE var = %s",
    $results = $wpdb->get_results($sql);

And in results you have your results, do whatever you want with them.

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