I'm building a custom plugin tag pair which returns channel entries, following the excellent answer to this question. Almost everything seems to be working: I set the TMPL->tagparams array to my custom params, instantiate a new Channel(), and return its entries.

I'm searching a "classes" channel where entries have a "weekday" custom field with values like "Monday", "Tuesday", etc. In the case, I want to return the first 5 classes on Mondays.

$this->EE->TMPL->tagparams = array('channel'        => 'classes',
                                   'limit'          => '5',
                                   'search:weekday' => '=Monday');

if ( ! class_exists('Channel')) {
$channel = new Channel();

return $channel->entries();

EE seems to be ignoring the search:weekday param. It's returning the right channel and enforcing the limit, but it's returning all results, not just results with "Monday" for their "weekday" custom field. How can I use search params in a plugin like this?

Update: to provide more use-case info and clarify that I'm searching a custom field with the search param.

2 Answers 2


The search parameters belong in a different property of the Template object: ee()->TMPL->search_fields

So use something like this:

ee()->TMPL->search_fields['weekday'] = '=Monday';
  • That did the trick. Thanks, Low! Commented Oct 30, 2014 at 16:02

Ah - this is because the search parameter will only search custom fields - it won't search the title (or any other field which resides in exp_channel_titles as opposed to exp_channel_data).

What you'll have to do if you want to support this in your plugin is check to see if that parameter was passed, and if so, do a separate database query for all titles including that phrase. Then, concatenate the resulting Entry IDs into a pipe-delimited string, and feed that back as the entry_id parameter on ee()->TMPL->tagparams.

  • Thanks, I was hoping this would solve it, but it doesn't seem to work searching custom fields either. I've updated the question with this new, more correct use-case. Commented Oct 30, 2014 at 12:35

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