How to make custom fields searchable

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  • #27473
    timburkart
    timburkart
    Participant

    Hello!

    I setup a search to include various custom fields.However if I try to search for something by only entering a value in a custom field nothing happens. For example, I would like to search for all posts with Rayan as one of the authors. If I type Rayan in the Author text box and either hit enter or click on the magnifier nothing happens. Why is that? How can I make these custom fields work like the search bar?

    Thank you.

    #27491
    Ernest Marcinko
    Ernest Marcinko
    Keymaster

    Hi!

    The text input field does not pre-populate anything unfortunately, the users can enter anything they want. Perhaps using a drop down filter, that is searchable might be a better option to consider: https://i.imgur.com/nRdm3My.png
    That offers selectable, searchable values.

    Best,
    Ernest Marcinko

    If you like my products, don't forget to rate them on codecanyon :)


    #27495
    timburkart
    timburkart
    Participant

    Hello Ernest,

    Yes, I know that users can enter anything in a text field. That is what I want. In a database with 2600 posts it is not practical to create a drop down list for authors or publishing institutions.

    My question is how do I make the text fields behave like the search bar? I want a user to be able to type something in one of the text fields and press enter to search only in that custom field. For example, I have a custom field called author so I want a user to be able to enter an author name in the corresponding text field and press enter to search only the author custom field. The problem is, nothing happens when I only enter data in the text field. The search mechanism requires data to be entered in the search bar too.

    I hope this clarifies my problem.

    Thank you.

    #27502
    Ernest Marcinko
    Ernest Marcinko
    Keymaster

    Hi,

    Sure, I understand now. You can lower the required character count to 0 here. That will let the search to trigger on 0 characters entered as well.
    I also suggest adding a Search button to the filters – because hitting return on the text field will not trigger a redirection.

    Best,
    Ernest Marcinko

    If you like my products, don't forget to rate them on codecanyon :)


    #27510
    timburkart
    timburkart
    Participant

    Thank you, Ernest! I have made the necessary search changes.

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