I have a following search.php page (this is just the code required for problem presentation).

Why is my $total_results returning a number of posts found, but when I do a loop though it always print No posts found ?


$paged = (get_query_var('paged')) ? get_query_var('paged') : 1;
$query_args = explode("&", $query_string);
$search_query = array('posts_per_page' => 10, 'paged' => $paged);

foreach($query_args as $key => $string) {
     $query_split = explode("=", $string);
     $search_query[$query_split[0]] = urldecode($query_split[1]);
$search = new WP_Query($search_query);
$total_results = $search->found_posts; // this returns 50


<?php if ($search->have_posts()) : ?>
<?php while ($search->have_posts()) : $search->the_post(); ?>
    loop  through posts
<?php else : ?>
     No posts found.
<?php endif; ?>

Any suggestion much appreciated.

  • The only reason i can think of is that you're on page 6 in the query. Try doing var_dump($search->posts); & see if that's as expected – Mridul Aggarwal Jan 28 '13 at 10:49
  • The number of result is 50 for given keyword, if I change the keywords I am search for the number of result is different. – Iladarsda Jan 28 '13 at 11:14
  • @MridulAggarwal - var_dump($search->posts); comes back as array(0) { } – Iladarsda Jan 28 '13 at 11:16
  • array(0) { } means no data is coming from the database. Check your paged parameter. 50 posts with 10 per page means the paged parameter can be 5 at max – Mridul Aggarwal Jan 28 '13 at 12:01
  • try var_dump( $search_query ); – Michael Jan 28 '13 at 15:08

WP_Query::found_posts contains the number of matches to your query without taking into account limit and offset. limit is the max number of posts which can be display in an archive page and the offset depends on the paged parameter and is usually ($paged - 1) * $limit.

So what you got is the number of results you would have gotten for your search query if you asked to get all the posts that match the search criteria.

If you need to know the number of the results for the specific query including the limit and offset you can simply do $search->post_count.

  • Don't use count($search->posts). You can read the same from $search->post_count – Mridul Aggarwal Jan 28 '13 at 12:23
  • edited as suggested – Mark Kaplun Jan 28 '13 at 12:32
  • $search->post_count comes back with 0. What is wrong with my query? I am searching for a tag name - tag has been used in couple of post, which I can see under admin/post/tag . I also added the Search Everywhere plugin – Iladarsda Jan 28 '13 at 13:46
  • 2
    tag names are not part of normal search. search is performed in the title and content. I actually don't understand the question anymore, is it about how the search is performed or how to know how many results are there? – Mark Kaplun Jan 28 '13 at 16:01
  • @MarkKaplun - the SQL server (DB Abstraction) was to be fault. The code was OK - meaning my question was wrong as I was expecting the code to be at fault. – Iladarsda Jan 29 '13 at 11:05

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