The WordPress is the most powerful blogging platform out there, and looking at its secure, fast and stable abilities it’s now widely used as a Content Management System, too. The guys at WordPress are doing great work and they quickly releases updates, which improves performance, fixes security holes and adding new functionality but, apart from these WordPress still misses lots of features, and one of them is the default Search. Right now, the default search ability in WordPress is limited to type and hit enter, then the result page will load in the browser which is now a days treated as outdated in the current web scenario.
But never mind, the WordPress gives you power to add our functionality to our blogs easily via installing plugins. Well frankly, there are lots of plugins in the WordPress plugin directory to add this live search function to your site, but we found the, “Dave’s WordPress Live Search” more interesting.
Why to choose Dave’s WordPress Live Search over others?
- Simple to set up – Just install, and activate and you are done.
- Variety of customization Choose built-in style sheets, or use your own
- Caches search query for instant results.
- Lastly, active support from the plugin author and updates frequently.
Installing Dave WordPress Live search.
Alright, there is nothing messy here and all you have to is search and download this plugin, install it and just activate it. That’s all, you’ve now added jQuery based live search functionality to your blog.
Configuring Dave WordPress Live search.
Look, for the Live search link in the WordPress setting Menu and here you can control and make changes to its default search behavior.
Under, Live search tab first option is to choose how much results you want to show for a search query, set 0 to display all results or enter desired number of results you want to show. Next is direction of result you want to show, depends on the search box location of your site, if it’s header you can choose down or up in case of footer.
Beside these selections, the plugin gives you option to choose from what you want to show along with the WordPress custom search results, like Display author name and date for search result, Display post thumbnail long with the results, Show excerpt for the search results with option to set no words, and a view more results, which seems near in case, if you are limiting search results nos and didn’t want to show all your posts all at once.
Lastly, you can choose color styles which suits your blog design and color or if you are good at CSS then you can also add styles in your theme’s style sheet. Furthermore there is an advanced tab, where you can exclude pages which you didn’t want to include in the search results as well as you can align the WordPress search box results to fit your blog’s design.
Though, some of you might not interested in adding these instant search result functionality to their respected blog but this live search ability definitely leaves a great impact on your visitors. We’ve now installed this plugin on BlogMagician and you can take a quick look before you try it on your blog.