I'm creating my site (locally) and I'm using the starter theme underscores.me

I created few pages using bold, italic, and other text styles, but I noticed that in the Search Results page, the content of the pages is displayed without the text styles.

Look at this image to better understand the problem:

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I'm almost sure that in order to customize the search behaviour I have to edit the file searchform.php or search.php, but I don't know what I have to write in there.

Could you help?

Many thanks


Here it is my search.php content:

 * The template for displaying search results pages
 * @link https://developer.wordpress.org/themes/basics/template-hierarchy/#search-result
 * @package sitename


    <section id="primary" class="content-area">
        <main id="main" class="site-main">

        <?php if ( have_posts() ) : ?>

            <header class="page-header">
                <h1 class="page-title">
                    /* translators: %s: search query. */
                    printf( esc_html__( 'Search Results for: %s', 'sitename' ), '<span>' . get_search_query() . '</span>' );
            </header><!-- .page-header -->

            /* Start the Loop */
            while ( have_posts() ) :

                 * Run the loop for the search to output the results.
                 * If you want to overload this in a child theme then include a file
                 * called content-search.php and that will be used instead.
                get_template_part( 'template-parts/content', 'search' );



        else :

            get_template_part( 'template-parts/content', 'none' );


        </main><!-- #main -->
    </section><!-- #primary -->


1 Answer 1


Usually when search results pull a page's content into a section for an excerpt, it runs the content through a filter which runs strip_tags or some equivalent WordPress specific function that removes any and all HTML tags so as to not break the site due to a opening <div> tag not having a closing partner because the excerpt cut off the ending before it was properly closed, and would then potentially break the layout of the site, and other reasons, but that's the simplest example.

To customize the behavior, you will probably have to edit search.php or content-search.php (if it exists) to pull in your own version of the content to show, whether it be all the content, or a modified version of the excerpt system.

  • Thank you very much, in my search.php file there is no strip tags function. I edited the question adding the code, do you see?
    – sound wave
    Jun 11, 2019 at 21:31
  • Yep, the line get_template_part( 'template-parts/content', 'search' ); means that it's loading another file '/template-parts/content-search.php' and though that function might not be listed in that file either, that doesn't mean that it's not running on the content or excerpt. WordPress has a lot of hooks and functions that it runs behind the scenes.
    – socki03
    Jun 11, 2019 at 22:18

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