I'm looking for a simple way to achieve search filtering like this : http://ckclinical.co.uk/search/

They are obviously pointing people to a empty search and then filtering by category. I've spent hours running round in circles :) Thanks.

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    @user2924 - I must be missing something but I'm unclear still what you mean by "like this"? Can you also please specify your basic requirements? Feb 4, 2011 at 13:56
  • @MikeSchinkel I think he is asking for the "Refine your search" box in that website, If I am not wrong then. Feb 4, 2011 at 14:03
  • @ntechi - In part I ask people to clarify so I can hopefully train new users to put more time and effort into their questions. It helps everyone if they can provide a clear and consist description. This site is designed to be a search engine destination for great answers to common questions and if questions have titles that mean nothing and questions that are very vague, it's no good for anybody. Feb 4, 2011 at 14:21
  • @ntechi @MikeSchinkel - apologies for any vagueness, I thought it was better to provide a link and reference the filtering rather than produce a longer question. Will know better next time ;)
    – user2924
    Feb 4, 2011 at 15:19
  • Look at this answer to Is there any multiple filter/criteria plugin for wordpress ? you can code the ba_search_with_filters function to output select dropdown with just the categories you want.
    – Bainternet
    Feb 4, 2011 at 15:46

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Search is a big topic and therefore I can only guess the direction you want to go to. Like @MikeSchinkel in his comment was asking for more, I can for the moment only provide a list of links of which one might come close to what you need:

  • Thanks @hakre - Faceted Search looked promising if I can restrict a few categories. Otherwise the second link sounds exactly what I am looking for....however tutsplus is down at the moment. Will report back.
    – user2924
    Feb 4, 2011 at 15:24
  • @usewr2924 - good to read!
    – hakre
    Feb 4, 2011 at 16:54

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