user3354912 user3354912 - 8 months ago 39
PHP Question

WordPress: applying str_replace to WP_Query search results

I'm trying to get all the posts that contain current post's title in their content.

And I have almost achieved that, except for the one thing: for posts that contain the apostrophe or the right quotation mark in their title it returns no result. While posts that contain the current search term with the apostrophe or the right quotation marks are definitely exist.

Here is the code:

$title = '"'.str_replace(array("'","’","'","’"),
$args = array(
's' => $title,
'cat' => 48,
'posts_per_page' => -1,
'orderby' => date,
'order' => desc,
$query = new WP_Query( $args );
if ( $query->have_posts() ) {
while ( $query->have_posts() ) { $query->the_post();
echo the_time("Y.m.d");
echo ': ';
echo the_title();
echo '<br />';

So my idea was to get rid of all the apostrophes and all the right quotation marks in both the search term and the WP_Query search results.

As it can be seen I've successfully (at least I think so) applied
to the search term and now it returns

Im a bad coder

instead of

I'm a bad coder

But I totally can not get how to apply the same
to the WP_Query results.

So I need your help.

Answer Source

As a temporary (but may be the best at the same time) solution I've run the following SQL query

UPDATE wp_posts SET post_content=REPLACE(post_content,'\&\#039\;','\'');
UPDATE wp_posts SET post_content=REPLACE(post_content,'\&\#8217\;','\'');
UPDATE wp_posts SET post_content=REPLACE(post_content,'\’','\'');

to alter my existing posts, and then redundantly changed

$title = '"'.str_replace(array("'","’","&#39;","&#8217;"),


$title = '"'.str_replace(array("’","&#39;","&#8217;"),

Seems I have achieved the desired result, at least for now.