I'm trying to build a custom search results page. The problem I'm running into is that when I enter a search term ; say 'gaming', it will only return one result, being the latest result. I have my blog setup to display only one article at a time. However, I found a way to circumvent the search results page by logging into wp-admin -> settings -> reading -> and changing the blog page displays one post to say for example 10.

Then when I try searching for gaming it returns more than one result (it'll give me 10). However, I don't want this. I want my sites blog page to only show one article, and the results page to display more than one result. How can I go about fixing this?

This is what my search.php looks like. I created a searchpage.php and am including it using PHP to grab the search.php

Thanks! :)

    <!-- SEARCH PAGE -->
    <div id="search-results" class="wrapper" role="search">

<h2> Search Results</h2>

<div class="results">
    /* Search Count */
    $allsearch = &new WP_Query("s=$s&showposts=-1"); 
    $key = wp_specialchars($s, 1);
    $count = $allsearch->post_count; 
    _e('"<span class="search-terms">');
    echo $key;
    _e(' &mdash; found ');
    echo $count . ' '; 
    wp_reset_query(); ?>

<!-- / COUNT RESULTS -->

<?php if (have_posts()) : ?>
<?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>

        <a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to 
        <?php the_title_attribute(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a> - 
        <span class="search-time"><?php the_time('F, j, Y') ?></span>
<!-- / LIST RESULTS -->

<?php endwhile; else: ?>

<!-- 404 SEARCH -->
<div class="404-search">
<?php _e("Oops... We couldn't find what you were searching for. Please try again"); ?>
<!-- / 404 SEARCH -->

<?php endif; ?>


     <!-- / SEARCH PAGE -->

1 Answer 1



<?php if (have_posts()) : ?>
<?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>


<?php if ($allsearch->have_posts()) : ?>
<?php while ($allsearch->have_posts()) : $allsearch->the_post(); ?>

because otherwise you don't utilize your custom query.

See WP_Query Usage.

Also call wp_reset_query(); after the Loop.

See wp_reset_query Description.

Actually, you don't need wp_reset_query(); because you use custom WP_Query object and don't need to reset global $wp_query.

  • Awesome that did the job! Thanks! I tried look all over Google and I couldn't find anything related to this. Thanks a bunch! :3
    – Monstr92
    Commented Mar 16, 2013 at 12:33

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