Redirect to post if search results return one post

Redirect to post if search results return one post

Online by JSC0d3
July 22, 2016 | | 125 recognitions

When you search for something on a WordPress website, a search results page is displayed with all relevant posts, posts, and other post types. The problem with this setup is that WordPress will still display a results page if there is only one blog post result.

This code snippet addresses this issue. If only one blog post is found for a search, the visitor will be taken directly to the blog post in question.

add_action('template_redirect', 'custom_redirect_single_post');
function custom_redirect_single_post() {
    if (is_search()) {
        global $wp_query;
        if ($wp_query->post_count == 1 && $wp_query->max_num_pages == 1) {
            wp_redirect( get_permalink( $wp_query->posts['0']->ID ) );


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