Following on from my earlier search question...

Searching for entries across multiple fields including a relationship

I'm finding that the min/max wage search behaves oddly.

I have a range of wage values from 95 to 175.

If I search for a min of 95 with no max then I only get results from 95 up to 100.

Likewise if I search for a max value of 150 then I only get results greater than 100 and less then or equal to 150.

If I use both min and max criteria then I get no results.

I'm guessing this is something to do with variable type but can't see how I can force the variables to be integers/numbers rather than strings.

The simplified code I'm using to do the matching is:

{% set wage_from = craft.request.getParam('wage_from') ? craft.request.getParam('wage_from') : 0 %}
{% set wage_to = craft.request.getParam('wage_to') ? craft.request.getParam('wage_to') : 9999 %}

  set results = craft.entries({
      section: 'vacancies',
        wage: [
          '>= ' ~ wage_from,
          '<= ' ~ wage_to,

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Aha! Another lightbulb moment.

The wage field was set to be plain text. I changed it to number and things work as expected.

  • Yup! That's because MySQL/PHP handle string comparisons of numbers different than integer comparisons of numbers.
    – Brad Bell
    Commented Oct 12, 2015 at 15:28
  • 1
    I figured that's what the problem was. I was trying to change the type in my template rather than just change the field type. This is only my 2nd Craft project and the other was a simple prototype. I'm still learning! :)
    – foamcow
    Commented Oct 12, 2015 at 16:28

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