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Searching posts by taxonomy on archive page

We’ll create taxonomies for a custom post type, and in the archive page of this post type, also create a search box that allows users to search for posts based on the name of the taxonomy.

Here is an example of this practice with hotels filtered by location:

Example of seraching posts by taxonomy


In addition to using Meta Box, ensure you already have the MB Custom Post Type. It is a free extension of Meta Box and is used to create custom post types and custom taxonomies.

Besides, I also use a free theme as a demo. It’s Justread.

1. Creating a new custom post type and custom taxonomy

Go to Meta Box > Post Types > New Post Type.

Create a new custom post type and custom taxonomy

To create a taxonomy for location information, go to Meta Box > Taxonomies > Add New.

Remember to choose Hotel in the Assign to Post Types section for the custom taxonomy information entry. It will assign the custom taxonomy we create to the Hotel post type.

Choose Hotel in the Assign to Post Types section

Chooose Hotel custom field

Now, the Hotel post type will appear on the admin menu. Let’s go there and enter the information for a few hotels and locations.

The Hotel menu appears on the admin menu


In this article, I just enter a few locations as an example. In fact, you may have a large number of locations which are on many levels such as countries, provinces, cities, regions, … That time, you need to import that data to the Location taxonomy.

You can also use plugins to import data easily.

You can choose more locations as you want

First, go to the Hotel post type’s archive page (

At this moment, there’s no hotel search box on the page. So, I will add a location box.

Create a file named archive-hotel.php (the file name is in the form of archive- [post-type-name].php) in the theme folder and add this code:

<div class="filter-hotel">
<p>Search Hotel</p>
<input class="filter-input" id="location" type="" name="" placeholder="Location">
<input class="filter-action" type="submit" name="" value="Search">

Then, you will see the search box as follows:

Search box appears as following

3. Displaying hotels that meet the criterion

Let’s use ajax to filter so people can click the Search button without reloading the website.

Add the following code to the functions.php file:

function justread_custom_scripts() {
$terms = get_terms( array(
'taxonomy' => 'location',
'hide_empty' => false,
) );
foreach ( $terms as $term ) {
$location[] = $term->name;
$object = [
'ajax_url' => admin_url( 'admin-ajax.php' ),
'location_autocomplete' => $location,

wp_enqueue_script( 'justread-ajax-filter-hotel', get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/js/filter-hotel.js', array( 'jquery' ), '', true );
wp_localize_script( 'justread-ajax-filter-hotel', 'ajax_object', $object );
add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'justread_custom_scripts' );


  • 'wp_enqueue_scripts': it’s the hook used to declare the filter-hotel.js file that I‘ll create later;
  • wp_localize_script (): a function that helps transfer the value of the variable ajax_url from the functions.php file to the filter-hotel.js file.

Next, add the following code to functions.php to return the custom post type data as JSON when someone clicks the Search button.

function justread_filter_hotel() {
$location = $_POST['location'];
$query_arr = array(
'post_type' => 'hotel',
'post_status' => 'publish',
'tax_query' => array(
'taxonomy' => 'location',
'field' => 'name',
'terms' => array( $location ),
'operator' => 'IN',
$query = new WP_Query( $query_arr );

if ( $query->have_posts() ) :
while ( $query->have_posts() ) : $query->the_post();
get_template_part( 'template-parts/content', get_post_format() );
$posts = ob_get_clean();
else :
$posts = '<h1>' . __( 'No post', 'justread' ) .'</h1>';

$return = array(
'post' => $posts,
wp_send_json( $return );
add_action( 'wp_ajax_justread_filter_hotel', 'justread_filter_hotel' );
add_action( 'wp_ajax_nopriv_justread_filter_hotel', 'justread_filter_hotel' );


  • 'hotel': the slug of the custom post type that we created in step 1;
  • 'location': the ID of the custom taxonomy that we created in step 1 for the location;
  • 'wp_ajax_justread_filter_hotel' and 'wp_ajax_nopriv_justread_filter_hotel': they’re two hooks to perform ajax. They’re named according to the following rules: wp_ajax_my_action and wp_ajax_nopriv_my_action. In this example, my_action is justread_filter_hotel.

Also, in the theme folder, let’s create another file named filter-hotel.js with the following content:

jQuery( function ( $ ) {
function filterHotel() {
var location = ajax_object.location_autocomplete;
$( '#location' ).autocomplete({
source: location

$( '.filter-action' ).on( 'click', function() {
var location = $( '#location' ).val();
url: ajax_object.ajax_url,
type: "POST",
data: {
action: 'justread_filter_hotel',
location: location,
success: function(response) {
$( '.site-main' ).html(;
} );
} );

I’ve used the jQuery autocomplete library in the above code to propose similar destinations when a user types in the search box.

Propose simimar destinations

This JS file helps get location data when a user clicks on the Search button, then passes it to the functions.php file to retrieve Hotel post-type data. When functions.php returns the data, the js file will display it (thanks to the $ ('.site-main') .html (; code).

Now, entering a location in the Search box returns only hotels in that area.