CSV and HTML search filter for WordPress

This is one of my WordPress plugins, made to add a simple ajax-search in html or in uploaded CSV-file.

The plugin has two shortcodes.

[csvsearch src='/path/file.csv']
[filtersearch search_element='table']


[csvsearch] is performing a search in an uploaded (or otherwise accessible) CSV-file. Use the format to set the output. use {0}, {1} etc for different columns in the file and {b}{/b}, {i}{/i} etc for simple formatting. Here is a sample with all arguments to use.


// url to uploaded file

// charset of file

// format for the output
format='{b}{0}{/b}, {1}, {2}{br/}' 

// search label

// format for output when instant search

// instant search enabled or not

// data ID format, i.e. what to put in data-id of the listed element.

// change the item separator depending on type of csv file used


[filtersearch] does a filter inside current html page. Specify which element you want to search within. You cah use either element type, .class_name of #id. See sample below for more arguments that can be used.


// what DOM element to search in, use element type, .class_name or #id

// show table header or not when filtering

// filter heading 
text='Page filter'

// class to style clear icon

// clear filter text

// enable or disable to set focus in filter input element on page load

Live samples using the plugin

Use this [filtersearch] shortcode

[filtersearch search_element='#name_table' text='Filter name in table' show_header_in_table=true clear_text='Clear filter' set_focus_on_load=false]

which enables this filter

Filter name in tableclear filter

on this table (with id name_table)

First nameLast name

Use this [csvsearch] shortcode

[csvsearch src='/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/sample.csv' searchtext='Search in file' format='{b}{0} {1}{/b} {2} - {3}{br/}']

to show this search

for a search in this csv-sample-file. Try searching for a name (I’m using the same sampel names as in the table above) or a favorite color (pink, blue, red, …) or lucky number (3, 6, 7, …) to see the results.


Download the plugin from wordpress.org.

Select2 on existing select-dropdown

I had some issues with using Selct2 on an already existing select where the select attribute was already set. The problem was Select2 didn’t unselect the previously set option. To by-pass that I did this workaround.

To use Select2 check their installation guide here. When that is setup I used this jquery snippet where I;

  1. temporary save the previously set option
  2. removing that attribute from option
  3. init Select2 to the select element
  4. set the saved option again with the Select2 .val() function
jQuery(document).ready( function($) {
  // temporary save the current selected option
  selected = $("#my_select option:selected").val(); 
  // remove selected attribute to make default selected work
  $("#my_select option:selected").removeAttr("selected");
  // init select2
    minimumResultsForSearch: -1,
    multiple: false

  // set default value again


This is an example of previous select snippet where the second option is pre-selected.

<select id="my_select">
  <option value="my-first">First option</option>
  <option value="my-second" selected="selected">Second option</option>

Elementor Custom Modules

Creating lots of modules in you theme for Elementor? Do you want to skip the step of loading the files and classes manually? I use this code which makes things very handy, just create the php-file with the same name as the class and it will be loaded automagic.

class My_Elementor_Widgets_Loader {
  protected static $_instance = null;

  /* change path to the local directory where you put the elementor modules */
  private $path = "/php/elementor_widgets/";
  public static function instance() {
    if ( ! isset( self::$_instance ) ) {
      self::$_instance = new self();
    return self::$_instance;

  protected function __construct() {
    add_action( 'elementor/widgets/widgets_registered', [ $this, 'register_widgets' ], 99 );

  public function register_widgets() {
    /* register all classes (must be named as the php files) */
    foreach(glob(get_stylesheet_directory() . "/php/elementor_widgets/*.php") as $file) {
      $path_parts = pathinfo($file);

      /* change if using other namespace, or remove '__NAMESPACE__ .' if no namespace */
      $class_name = __NAMESPACE__ . '\\Widgets\\' . $path_parts['filename'];
      \Elementor\Plugin::instance()->widgets_manager->register_widget_type( new $class_name() );

  public function include_widgets_files() {
    /* load all php files */
    foreach(glob(get_stylesheet_directory() . $this->path . "*.php") as $file) {


Hope this will help you!