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Improved user search in backend


This Plugin improves the search for users in the WordPress backend significantly. It empowers admins to search for the first name, last name and email address of users instead of only their nicknames/nicenames.

It is also possible to search for custom user meta fields now.

Translations: English, German, Swedish

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Special characters like quotes are escaped, problems with the query may apper when trying to search for other non-alphanumeric characters.


  • Added translations and il8n (Mikael Grön
    (en_US, en_UK,sv_SE)
  • Added german translation (de_DE)


  • Database compatibility improved.


  • Re-allowed special characters in keys, but strings are still escaped for safe queries.


  • Filter and test custom meta fields. Remove unallowed characters.


  • Added Case-insensitive matching.
  • Added Multisite support.


Fix issue where attempting to activate the plugin would throw an “Invalid Header” error


Minor changes.


Added options page to include custom user meta fields in the search.


Little code improvements.


Initial release to the Plugins directory.


  1. Upload the “improved-user-search-in-backend” directory into the /wp-content/plugins/ of WordPress or use the auto-installer.

  2. Activate the Plugin through the Plugins page.

  3. Maybe you want to change the defaults in Settings -> User Search.

  4. Enjoy.


8 de Febrero, 2017
I am FLABBERGASTED that WordPress’s search doesn’t operate like any other search should. I read a thread where the moderator, in essence, said, “Too bad it doesn’t work the way you’re used to. It works the way it’s supposed to for internet web search standards.” (Here’s the thread: I can’t believe it took me so long to search for a plugin to fix this problem, but I think I was so bent on the idea, “WHY DO I HAVE TO INSTALL A PLUGIN TO FIX SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE WORKING RIGHT IN THE FIRST PLACE.” I held onto that way too long!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for making this plugin! It works PERFECTLY and there’s no special screen I have to go to to do my search. I just go to the Users utility and search for what I need…as it should be! Thanks for doing this in the backend and improving the functionality without having to go through hoops to use it. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! HIGHLY recommend this plugin as a standard install for any WordPress site. Best, Arial Burnz
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Contributors & Developers

“Improved user search in backend” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




Additional security fix sanitizing text field input.


  • Removed a possible XSS/CSRF vulnerability in the backend.