How to remove search bar from a wordpress theme?

  • Where is the search bar located? In the sidebar, header, footer? Which theme are you using? – shea Dec 21 '12 at 20:29

If the search field is implemented as a widget, this can be done via the administration interface. Just navigate to Appearance > Widgets and drag the search widget from the widget area to the "Available Widgets" pane.

If the search field is hard-coded into the theme, it might be easier to edit the CSS rather than the HTML and PHP. Here's how:

  • Use Firebug or a similar tool to locate the DIV element containing the search code.
  • In the theme's CSS file (probably style.css), add display: none to that DIV. That's it!

This is a minimally invasive approach. If you ever want to re-enable the search bar, just remove the display: none statement from your CSS.

  • Thanks, it will be great idea. I am just going to implement it. – Himanshu Vyas Oct 10 '10 at 4:25
  • @kylan +1 for the CSS idea. This is especially great for child themes which are made of one file only: style.css. – ef2011 Feb 1 '12 at 15:04
  1. Try to locate the HTML representing the search bar.

  2. Then find in which theme files it resides (it may be defined in multiple files - single.php, page.php,..)

  3. Remove the markup including the php call from all the files.


You can find it at header.php and just delete it or use CSS attribute "display:none". get_search_form() method represents Search Bar.

// Has the text been hidden?
if ( 'blank' == get_header_textcolor() ) : ?>

    <div class="only-search<?php if ( $header_image ) : ?> with-image<?php endif; ?>">
    <?php get_search_form(); ?>
        else :
    <?php get_search_form(); ?>
<?php endif; ?>

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