Just wondering how to fetch a page by using 'title contains'. I can retrieve a page by using the following

$page = get_page_by_title('Restaurants and Pubs');

but how could I do 'page title contains "Pubs"'?


2 Answers 2


You should build a query using the Wordpress database class. Place this in your functions.php file

function get_page_by_title_search($string){
    global $wpdb;
    $title = esc_sql($string);
    if(!$title) return;
    $page = $wpdb->get_results("
        SELECT * 
        FROM $wpdb->posts
        WHERE post_title LIKE '%$title%'
        AND post_type = 'page' 
        AND post_status = 'publish'
        LIMIT 1
    return $page;

Use this in your theme:

$page = get_page_by_title_search('Foo Bar');
echo $page->post_title;
echo $page->post_content;
  • Actually I'm just looking to pull a page into my template. For example, this drags in the 'Restaurants and Pubs' page... <?php function callpage($page) { $my_id = $page; $post_id = get_post($my_id, ARRAY_A); $content = $post_id['post_content']; return $content; } ?> <div id='somediv'> <?php
    – SparrwHawk
    Sep 18, 2011 at 20:52
  • Then this would be your answer. I updated the answer to show you how to use this. Sep 18, 2011 at 20:55
  • Sorry, I only managed to half write my answer, and it won't format my code in the comments (grrr). What I was meant to say is that this works perfectly... jsfiddle.net/NnaqM/1 , but I want to drag in a page by just typing in pub i.e. not type out the whole title, so something like this $page = get_page_by_title(contains 'Pubs');
    – SparrwHawk
    Sep 18, 2011 at 21:02
  • When I say 'typing' I mean all in the backend template, nothing to do with the search box in the interface.
    – SparrwHawk
    Sep 18, 2011 at 21:05
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    @BrianFegter Do $page->page_title and $page->page_content really exist, or you would rather need to use $page->post_title and $page->post_content? Nov 27, 2018 at 21:44

This works pretty well for me. Would love to hear feedback on better ways to do it though. Thanks!

// Get all pages
$my_pages = get_pages();

// Get ID's of pages with "string" in title
foreach ($my_pages as $my_page) {

    if ( stristr($my_page->post_title, 'string') ) {

        $include_ids .= $my_page->ID . ',';



// Output only pages with "string" in the title
$args = array(
  'include' => $include_ids,

wp_list_pages( $args );

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