How to Create Dropdown Filter for Custom Posts with Custom Fields in Elementor? (ACF, Pods, Metabox)

Updated on September 14, 2023 by Ananda
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Do you want to create a dropdown filter for custom post types based on custom field data? A dropdown filter can be a good option if you have a long list of items.

With the WP Search Filters widget from The Plus Addons for Elementor, you can easily create a dropdown filter for custom post types based on custom fields. 

To check the complete feature overview documentation of The Plus Addons for Elementor WP Search Filters widget, click here.

Requirement  – This widget is a part of The Plus Addons for Elementor, make sure its installed & activated to enjoy all its powers.

To do this, make sure you have created at least one custom post type, you can use the free Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) to create a custom post type.

For instance, we have created a custom post type called Books. 

Create Custom Fields

First, you have to create some custom fields for your custom post types and assign values to them.

You can use ACF, PODs, Metabox and Toolset plugins for creating custom fields, for instance, we’ll use the free Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) to create the custom fields.

Once you have the installed plugin follow the steps – 

1. To do this from the Dashboard, go to ACF > Field Groups and click on Add New button. 

2. Add a name to the field group.

3. Then add a field type and add a name. For instance, we’ll add a checkbox field.

Note: Number, Select, Checkbox, Radio Button, Button Group, Date Picker etc. fields are supported.

4. Once done, from the Settings section, set the location to your custom post types i.e. Book under Rules.

Add checkbox custom fields cpt

5. Once done, click on the Save Changes button.

6. Then, you have to add value in the custom fields on some custom posts.

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Use the WP Search Filters Widget

You have to use the WP Search Filters widget with the Dynamic Listing widget.

Note: Make sure you’ve enabled both WP Search Filters and Dynamic Listing widgets from The Plus Settings.

Place the widgets in your desired location on the page or template, then follow the steps –

1. In the Dynamic Listing widget, select Search List from the Post Listing Types dropdown.

2. Then select your custom post type from the Post Type dropdown.

Dynamic listing search list

3. After that, select the appropriate style and layout.

4. In the WP Search Filters widget, open the Category item under the Filter Area.

5. From the Filter Type dropdown, select WP Filter.

6. Then, from the Select Source dropdown, select Drop Down.

7. From the Select Type dropdown, select ACF connection

Note: Since we have used ACF to create the custom fields, we have selected ACF connection. So if you have created the custom fields with other plugins like PODs, Metabox or Toolset select the option accordingly.

8. In the Connection Key field, you have to add the custom field name.

To find the field name in ACF, edit the field group there you will find the field name.

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Wp search filters dropdown acf connection cpt

Now you’ll see a dropdown filter that you can use to filter your custom posts.

From the Default Title field, you can change the dropdown title and from the Layout section, you can choose a style.

Also, read How to Create Radio Button Filter for Custom Posts with Custom Fields in Elementor.

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