I am making a search form that searches for posts within two meta box values and display results between them.

I have this set

$prefix = 'ghes_'; // start with an underscore to hide fields from custom fields list
add_filter( 'ghes_meta_boxes', 'ghes_sample_metaboxes' );
function ghes_sample_metaboxes( $meta_boxes ) {
    global $prefix;
    $meta_boxes[] = array(
        'id' => 'event_meta',
        'title' => 'Event Metabox',
        'pages' => array('event'), // post type
        'context' => 'normal',
        'priority' => 'high',
        'show_names' => true, // Show field names on the left
        'fields' => array(

                'name' => 'Event Start Date',
                'desc' => 'field description (optional)',
                'id' => $prefix . 'event_start_timestamp',
                'type' => 'text_date_timestamp'
                'name' => 'Event End Date',
                'desc' => 'field description (optional)',
                'id' => $prefix . 'event_end_timestamp',
                'type' => 'text_date_timestamp'

How will the query look like if I want to search for posts between the "Event Start Date" and the "Event End Date".


1 Answer 1


You will need to use the meta_query variable like so:

$start = time(); //Now
$end= strtotime('+1 month'); //1 month ahead

    'post_type' => 'event',
    'post_status' => 'publish',
    'posts_per_page' => '10',
    'meta_query' => array(
        array('key' => $prefix.'event_start_timestamp', 'value' => $start, 'compare' => '>=', 'type' => 'NUMERIC'),
        array('key' => $prefix.'event_end_timestamp', 'value' => $end, 'compare' => '<=', 'type' => 'NUMERIC')
  • Okay, I have this as my search form (custom-search.php): pastebin.com/vBzzmG83 and this is what I have for my search results page (search.php):pastebin.com/1Hv4s2qM When I perform a search, I get the "Nothing found" message even though I have posts with events happening between the dates I select. Maybe I am missing something here. The start and End dates of the events are saved as timestamps with the date format mm/dd/yyyy. I also tried pointing the form action like this <form action="<?php bloginfo('home'); ?>/search.php" method="GET"> and I hit a 404. Clues? Dec 14, 2011 at 1:00
  • if the timestamp is saved in the db like mm/dd/yyyy change 'type' => 'NUMERIC' to 'type' => 'DATE'
    – Ijaas
    Dec 14, 2011 at 10:39

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