GD Power Search Lite for bbPress


Add an advanced search form to bbPress search page with filters and search results ordering controls. On the admin side, you can control which user roles (or visitors) can use filters, and hide the filters you don’t want to use.

The Plugin adds the following filters:

  • Forums, including an option to select forums, and search subforums
  • Users, select a user or type username
  • Content Type (reply, topic)
  • Topic Status
  • Topic Tags
  • Date Period, predefined list of periods
  • Change results sort order

Also, plugin can replace the default search form to include the link to the advanced form. The plugin supports use of the templates’ replacement package plugin GD Quantum Theme Pro for bbPress.

Plugin uses templates with filters and actions, and all templates can be overridden through theme, just like default bbPress templates can.

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Upgrade to GD Power Search Pro

The Pro version contains many more great features:

  • Highlight keywords in the search results
  • Select where to search (title, content or both)
  • Additional search filters
  • Multi select for users filter
  • Datetime picker for Date filter
  • And much, much more

  • More information about GD Power Search Pro

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  • Advanced search Form
  • Advanced search Form in Quantum
  • Selected forums Search field
  • Plugin Dashboard Panel
  • Plugin Settings Panel
  • Plugin Control Settings


General Requirements

  • PHP: 7.4 or newer

PHP Notice

  • Plugin doesn’t work with PHP 7.3 or older versions.

WordPress Requirements

  • WordPress: 5.8 or newer

WordPress Notice

  • Plugin doesn’t work with WordPress 5.7 or older versions.

bbPress Requirements

  • bbPress 2.6.2 or newer

Basic Installation

  • Plug in folder in the WordPress plugins folder should be gd-power-search-for-bbpress.
  • Upload gd-power-search-for-bbpress folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  • Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.


Does plugin work with WordPress MultiSite installations?

Yes. Each website in the network can activate and use plugin on its own.

Can I translate plugin to my language?

Yes. POT file is provided as a base for translation. Translation files should go into Languages directory.

Where can I configure the plugin?

Open the WordPress Settings menu, and you will see GD Power Search item there. This will open a panel with global plugin settings.

The search form is not displayed for me?

You need to enable search in bbPress first (Settings -> Forums -> Search -> Allow forum wide search).


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Contributors & Developers

“GD Power Search Lite for bbPress” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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2.1 (2024.07.09)

  • New: tested with bbPress 2.6.11
  • New: improved method for preparing basic post statuses
  • Edit: better detection of invalid post statuses
  • Edit: few updates related to the PHP code syntax
  • Edit: Dev4Press Library 4.9.2
  • Fix: use of the deprecated functions and methods
  • Fix: search by status and user creates a conflicted query

2.0.1 (2024.06.08)

  • Fix: issue with SVN files lowercase names

2.0 (2024.06.08)

  • New: based on the Pro version 2.6
  • New: tested with WordPress 6.6
  • New: tested with PHP 8.0, 8.1, 8.2 and 8.3
  • Edit: many changes related to WordPress and PHP code standards
  • Edit: many interface updates related to the new shared library
  • Edit: many improvements to sanitation and escaping on echo
  • Edit: updates to the readme file and all assets
  • Edit: Dev4Press Library 4.9

1.4.1 (2022.05.17)

  • New: tested with the WordPress 6.0

1.4 (2021.10.08)

  • New: system requirements: now requires WordPress 5.2 or newer
  • New: support for GD Quantum Theme Pro for bbPress
  • New: many improvements related to the PHP code style
  • Edit: d4pLib 2.8.14
  • Fix: problems with search forms when using Quantum template package

1.3 (2021.02.13)

  • New: system requirements: now requires PHP 7.0 or newer
  • New: system requirements: now requires WordPress 5.0 or newer
  • New: system requirements: now requires bbPress 2.6.2 or newer
  • Edit: improved pagination links processing
  • Edit: d4pLib 2.8.13
  • Fix: few instances trying to echo function with void return
  • Fix: few more issues with the pagination links
  • Fix: missing license.txt file

1.2.1 (2020.06.22)

  • Edit: d4pLib 2.8.10
  • Fix: search results pagination links not properly converted

1.2 (2020.04.06)

  • New: tested with PHP 7.4
  • Edit: d4pLib 2.8.5
  • Fix: missing method for removal of default search form
  • Fix: search form in widget gets removed on search page
  • Fix: minor issue with the PHP 7.4 deprecations

1.1 (2019.12.11)

  • New: support to search with no keywords
  • New: upgrade empty search to valid keywordless search
  • Edit: improved loading of the replacement forms
  • Edit: various styling updates and improvements
  • Edit: d4pLib 2.8.2
  • Fix: power search form replaced into the widget

1.0 (2019.01.31)

  • First plugin version