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I'am wondering how to target a search result page within the functions.php file in wordpress.

I know about "is_search" for the search page but what about the search result page ?

Can we put a condition with the query or something?

Thanks in advance.

All the best

  • Hi, what exactly are you trying to achieve? It will be easier to solve this using some examples, I guess... – Krzysiek Dróżdż Nov 22 '18 at 23:29
  • There is no standard "search page". is_search() is for the search results page. – Jacob Peattie Nov 23 '18 at 0:03
  • I'm not sure what you mean by search result page, the page that shows the results of a search query will return true for is_search, there are no other pages – Tom J Nowell Nov 23 '18 at 0:09
  • Hello guys, Thanks for answering. I mean by result page, the page whose URL contains ?s= The page displaying the results after the user query on the search.php page. Thanks – Francois Nov 23 '18 at 16:59
  • @TomJNowell yes indeed is_search is the search result page.. thank you – Francois Nov 26 '18 at 23:17
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I'am wondering how to target a search result page within the functions.php file in wordpress.

Use is_search, and the search.php template

I know about "is_search" for the search page but what about the search result page ?

They are the same thing, is_search indicates the main query is a search query. When is_search is true, WordPress loads search.php as the template, falling back to archive.php then index.php if they aren't present.

I'm not sure where the idea of a separate search page, and a separate search results page came from, but that's not how it works. There are search results, and a search form that can appear in any place, but no search page.

Can we put a condition with the query or something?

If you want to modify the main query, use the pre_get_posts filter. This is true for all queries, not just search queries, and allows you to intercept the query parameters before WordPress fetches the posts to change what's fetched.

  • I didn't want to modify the main query. I was trying to imagine a condition that would work if the search query was called.. – Francois Nov 28 '18 at 8:51

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