Example of WP_Query to search by post title in WordPress

Harish Kumar · · 17460 Views

One way to interact with the database is by using the global $wpdb object in WordPress. $wpdb is a WordPress database access abstraction class. This class used to interact with a database without needing to use raw SQL statements.

The recommended way to access $wpdb in your WordPress PHP code is to declare $wpdb as a global variable, like this:


// 1st Method - Declaring $wpdb as global and using it to 
// execute an SQL query statement that returns a PHP object
global $wpdb;

$query = "
        SELECT      *
        FROM        $wpdb->posts
        WHERE       $wpdb->posts.post_title LIKE '$param2%'
        ORDER BY    $wpdb->posts.post_title

Alternate way and standard way to solve this operation is using filter:


add_filter( 'posts_where', 'qirolab_posts_where', 10, 2 );
function qirolab_posts_where( $where, &$wp_query )
    global $wpdb;
    if ( $title = $wp_query->get( 'search_title' ) ) {
        $where .= " AND " . $wpdb->posts . ".post_title LIKE '" . esc_sql( $wpdb->esc_like( $title ) ) . "%'";
    return $where;

Now we can pass the title as the search_title argument in WP_Query.


$args = array(
        'post_type'        => 'post',
        'search_title'     => $param,
        'posts_per_page'   => $page_size,
        'paged'            => $page,
        'post_status'      => 'publish',
        'orderby'          => 'title', 
        'order'            => 'ASC',
$wp_query = new WP_Query( $args );
if ( $wp_query->have_posts() ) : 
     while ( $wp_query->have_posts() ) : $wp_query->the_post();
            //Your Code to display post...

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