Use the advanced search block with the custom fields in mode checkbox

    Newbie 39 points
    April 13, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Initially, when submitting of the listing, I want to allow multiple choices so I create a custom field shaped checkbox.

    In a second step, on the homepage, I propose an advanced search bar for visitors with forms dropdown.

    But that just gives “array” …

    I walk around the problem by creating the hard choices …

    But it gives me bad results.

    How can I offers several choices of services then the creation of listing and have the possibility ( ->in my search bar wiyh dropdown) of getting correct results?

    The address of the site in question: Garde d’animaux

    Thank you for your help!

    Newbie 39 points
    April 14, 2015 at 3:41 am

    Up !

    No idea for my problem ?

  • Mark Fail
    Mark Fail
    Super Guru 13,013 points
    April 14, 2015 at 4:17 am

    WordPress will store checkbox or choice values as an array thus you cannot search them directly using the advanced search.

    ill work on this and try to come up with a solution for the next update.

    Newbie 39 points
    April 20, 2015 at 10:30 am

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  • Alex Morgan
    Alex Morgan
    Super Guru 1,109 points
    April 20, 2015 at 11:23 am

    hi CLAUDE,

    I would suggest you post this on our jobs board:

  • James
    Newbie 42 points
    April 20, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Here is what I do and I think it achieves what you are describing.

    First, as you have done, set up a custom field as a check box with the options you need.

    Then in advanced search, set up a Search Field as Field Type = Select and Enter the exact Selection Box Values matching the options values as you have for the check boxes.

    Then set Data Stored as = text and Returned Values Must = (Like) Search Query..this last is the key part.

    I have attached an image of the setting from an older version of DP but the setting are the same as the current version.

    Check boxes store their results in a serialized format that looks like:

    a:3:{i:0;s:13:”Travel to You”;i:1;s:10:”Field Trip”;i:2;s:2:”–“;}

    The above search looks for the text in these fields that match the drop down selection in the advances search.

    Please let me know if this works for you.


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  • Estela
    Newbie 4 points
    August 17, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Thank you James. Your solution helps a lot.

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