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I have a function that uses wp_get_recent_posts() I need to use this same function on my search page but am having problems adding the search parameter to the $args array.

Does anyone know if this is possible and if so how to implement it?

here is my function

function recent_articles_grid( $atts ) {

    extract( shortcode_atts( array (
        'numberposts'   => 6,
        'offset'        => 0,
        'featured'      => null,
        'trending'      => null,
        'showdate'      => null,
        'category'      => null,
        'showauthor'    => null,
        'init'          => 1,
        'searchterm'    => null
    ), $atts ) );

$args = array(
        'numberposts' => $numberposts,
        'offset' => $offset,
        'category__not_in' => array(391),
        'category' => $category,
        'orderby' => 'post_date',
        'order' => 'DESC',
        'post_type' => 'post',
        'post_status' => 'publish'
    );

    $recent_posts = wp_get_recent_posts( $args, ARRAY_A );

... additional code ...

}
  • Why do you need to use this on your search page? If you're using search.php correctly, the main query/loop will already contain search results. – Jacob Peattie Oct 16 '18 at 15:20
  • In the "additional code" section of the function I am building out a complex grid system and I would like to not have to rebuild this on the search template but instead utilize the function I have already built. – Jason Oct 16 '18 at 15:22
  • Your question should then be how to get posts from the main query into your layout function. Otherwise you're just needlessly performing the search twice, and you're going to be the next person running into issues with pagination, because you're not using the loop and template hierarchy properly. – Jacob Peattie Oct 16 '18 at 15:27
  • ok, understood. so your answer then is this is NOT recommended which is the path I was heading down, however, I am still curious if it is even possible. – Jason Oct 16 '18 at 15:29
  • It should just be a matter of setting the 's' argument of wp_get_recent_posts() (or just get_posts()) to the search term, but yeah, I wouldn't suggest this method of display search results. – Jacob Peattie Oct 16 '18 at 15:32
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It should just be a matter of setting the 's' argument of wp_get_recent_posts() (or just get_posts()) to the search term:

$args = array(
    'numberposts' => $numberposts,
    'offset' => $offset,
    'category__not_in' => array(391),
    'category' => $category,
    'orderby' => 'post_date',
    'order' => 'DESC',
    'post_type' => 'post',
    'post_status' => 'publish',
    's' => $searchterm,
);

$recent_posts = wp_get_recent_posts( $args, ARRAY_A );

But yeah, as discussed in the comments, I wouldn't suggest this method of display search results. If you're using search.php correctly, the main query/loop will already contain search results.

A better question might be how to get posts from the main query into your layout function. Otherwise you're just needlessly performing the search twice, and you're going to be running into issues with pagination, because you won't be using the loop and template hierarchy properly.

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