Search Exclude

Description

With this plugin you can exclude any page, post or whatever from the WordPress search results by checking off the corresponding checkbox on post/page edit page.
Supports quick and bulk edit.

On the plugin settings page you can also see the list of all the items that are hidden from search.

Screenshots

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Installation

  1. Upload search-exclude directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Go to any post/page edit page and check off the checkbox Exclude from Search Results if you don’t want the post/page to be shown in the search results

FAQ

Does this plugin affect SEO?

No, it does not affect crawling and indexing by search engines.
The ONLY thing it does is hiding selected post/pages from your site search page. Not altering SEO indexing.

If you want posts/pages to be hidden from search engines you may add the following snippet to your functions.php:

function add_meta_for_search_excluded()
{
    global $post;
    if (false !== array_search($post->ID, get_option('sep_exclude', array()))) {
        echo '<meta name="robots" content="noindex,nofollow" />', "\n";
    }
}
add_action('wp_head', 'add_meta_for_search_excluded');

Note: already indexed pages will remain indexed for quite a while. In order to remove them from Google index, you may use Google Search Console (or similar tool for other engines).

Are there any hooks or actions available to customize plugin behaviour?

Yes.
There is an action searchexclude_hide_from_search.
You can pass any post/page/custom_post ids as an array in the first parameter.
The second parameter specifies state of visibility in search. Pass true if you want to hide posts/pages,
or false – if you want show them in the search results.

Example:
Let’s say you want “Exclude from Search Results” checkbox to be checked off by default
for newly created posts, but not pages. In this case you can add following code
to your theme’s function.php:

add_filter('default_content', 'excludeNewPostByDefault', 10, 2);
function excludeNewPostByDefault($content, $post)
{
    if ('post' === $post->post_type) {
        do_action('searchexclude_hide_from_search', array($post->ID), true);
    }
}

Also there is a filter searchexclude_filter_search.
With this filter you can turn on/off search filtering dynamically.
Parameters:
$exclude – current search filtering state (specifies whether to filter search or not)
$query – current WP_Query object

By returning true or false you can turn search filtering respectively.

Example:
Let’s say you need to disable search filtering if searching by specific post_type.
In this case you could add following code to you functions.php:

add_filter('searchexclude_filter_search', 'filterForProducts', 10, 2);
function filterForProducts($exclude, $query)
{
    return $exclude && 'product' !== $query->get('post_type');
}

Reviews

October 3, 2022
This is great. A straighforward lightweight plugin that provides a checkbox to hide a page, post or product from the website's search feature. Thank you!
April 15, 2022
works well for me. I think this is one of those very useful plugins which makes something an expert can do quite easily accessible to novices for free ! Thank you
February 22, 2022
I spent an hour trying to hide woocommerce products from my search, added a bunch of code to functions. This baby worked in 30 seconds. Wonderful, thanks!
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Contributors & Developers

“Search Exclude” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

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Changelog

1.3.0

  • Fix and rework bulk edit: The Bulk actions dropdown now offers hide/show actions.

1.2.7

  • This is a security release. All users are encouraged to upgrade.
  • Fix possible XSS vulnerability.

1.2.6

  • Fix compatibility with WordPress 5.5

1.2.5

  • Security release. More protection added.

1.2.4

  • Security release. All users are encouraged to update.
  • Added filter searchexclude_filter_permissions.

1.2.2

  • Added action searchexclude_hide_from_search
  • Added filter searchexclude_filter_search
  • Fixed Bulk actions for Firefox

1.2.1

  • Fixed bug when unable to save post on PHP <5.5 because of boolval() usage

1.2.0

  • Added quick and bulk edit support
  • Tested up to WP 4.1

1.1.0

  • Tested up to WP 4.0
  • Do not show Plugin on some service pages in Admin
  • Fixed conflict with bbPress
  • Fixed deprecation warning when DEBUG is on

1.0.6

  • Fixed search filtering for AJAX requests

1.0.5

  • Not excluding items from search results on admin interface

1.0.4

  • Fixed links on settings page with list of excluded items
  • Tested up to WP 3.9

1.0.3

  • Added support for excluding attachments from search results
  • Tested up to WP 3.8

1.0.2

  • Fixed: Conflict with Yoast WordPress SEO plugin

1.0.1

  • Fixed: PHP 5.2 compatibility

1.0

  • Initial release