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[WordPress] An example for how to use WP_Query to search for a person by their first name or their last name.
/* First, verify that the hidden field contains the 'true' value.
* Note that this field could be controlled by JavaScript such that
* if the end user opted to search by something else, then this field
* could have a different value and branch to a different conditional.
if ( 'true' == $_POST['member-search-field-searching'] ) {
/* Read the meta data from the provided fields. The meta key
* is the first name or last name, the value is the content
* of the text input field.
$meta_key = $_POST['member-search-type'];
$meta_value = $_POST['member-search-field'];
// Create an array to store the results of the search
$users = array();
// Look for all administrators with the specified name
$args = array(
'fields' => 'all_with_meta',
'role' => 'adminsitrator',
'meta_key' => $meta_key,
'meta_value' => $meta_value
$user_query = new WP_User_Query($args);
// Store the results in the array that was created.
$users = $user_query->get_results();
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