WordPress Plugin: Tag Search in WordPress 2.3+

This wordpress plugin ensures tags associated with a post are searched when users perform search using the out-of-box wordpress search feature. This plugin works with the new WordPress 2.3 native tagging features.

This plugin is beneficial for those that associate tags with posts that don’t appear in the post content.


  • WordPress 2.3+


Current version of WordPress Tag Search Plugin is 1.2

Quick Start Instructions

  1. Download plugin installation and upload wp-tag-search.php to your plug-ins folder, usually /wp-content/plugins
  2. Login to wordpress administration panel and activate the plug-in (Under plug-ins). Plugin name is Search Tags

Change Log


  • Initial Version

.2 (10/23/2007)

  • Added group by to ensure posts with multiple tags are only returned once

.3 (10/25/2007)

  • Removed debug statement…

1.0 (12/28/2007)

  • Ensured plugin only searches posts in PUBLISH state

1.1 (8/29/2010)

  • Significant Performance improvement. Credit to Loïc Mahé

1.2 (8/29/2010)

  • Added ability to also search category names


See plugin in action at Pink Cake Box Blog by searching for wedding cakes

Frequently Asked Questions

None yet!

Donations (Link to us)

If you use this script and find it worthwhile please link back to our main site. While we enjoy releasing scripts to the general community, we also look to benefit by drawing more traffic to our site. Feel free to link back however you want – here is a guideline:

Pink Cake Box – Our pastry shop in New Jersey that specializes in custom made wedding cakes, novelty cakes, cupcakes, wedding cupcake stands and specialty cookies.