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WordPress Standard Search Widget Not Working

UPDATE: So it turns out the problem was caused by the Ultimate Tag Warrior plugin. Once deactivated, the search box is now working properly. I’ll drop Christine Davis a line about this problem when I have time.

So my friend Anna starts bugging me about not having a search function on my blog. I believe I used to have one but it must have gotten lost in my constant rearranging of the sidebar. Anyway, I put up the standard WordPress Search widget and figure everything is going to be fine, right? Wrong! For some unknown reason it doesn’t actually generate any results! Very strange.

I don’t really have time to look into this and figure out what on earth is going on: All I can say is that the searchform.php and search.php files are correct. So now I’m all confused and I can’t really find the time to fix the problem.

Hopefully someone smarter than me can tip me off about what is going on. Otherwise I’m going to install a different search widget and just leave it at that.

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Morten Rand-Hendriksen is a Senior Staff Instructor at LinkedIn Learning (formerly specializing in AI, bleeding edge web technologies, and the intersection between technology and humanity. He also occasionally teaches at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He is a popular conference and workshop speaker on all things tech ethics, AI, web technologies, and open source.

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