I have a custom template with a drop-down that filters posts by category. I do it by making the form post to the page itself and then catching the argument and using it in a query (see code below).

Here's the bummer: if you navigate to page 2 (for example) and then use the filter, the URL still contains the /page/2/ bit, and you can sometimes end up with zero posts visible if there are less than a page's worth of results, since the new results all on page 1 and you're stuck on page 2. Tried unsetting the paged variable, to no avail. How can I send the user back to first page every time they use the filter?

<form action="" method="POST">
        <select id="food-type" name="food_type" class="selectBox">
            <option value="0">Select One:</option>
            <option value="meat">Meat</option>
            <option value="salads">Salads</option>
            <option value="vegetarian-entrees">Vegetarian Entrees</option>
        <button type="submit" class="search">Search</button>

I process its contents as follows:

global $post;
global $query_string;

$paged = (get_query_var('paged')) ? get_query_var('paged') : 1;

$args = array(
    'post_status'      => 'publish',
    'post_type'        => 'recipe',
    'suppress_filters' => false,
    'paged'   => $paged

if(isset($_POST['select_food_type']) && !empty($_POST['select_food_type']) ) {
    $args['food_type'] = $_POST['select_food_type'];

2 Answers 2


Perhaps set your form's action to point to the first page of paged results, rather than the default (empty) of the current page.

<form action="_URL_to_first_page_" method="POST">

Keep in mind the URL is determined on the client side in the case of an empty action.

  • indeed! just got it myself but will mark your answer as correct. thanks! Commented Nov 21, 2012 at 19:41

Here's the solution. Make sure the form posts to the proper page every time instead of posting to the current URL.

<form action="<?php echo get_permalink(); ?>" method="POST">

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