Search Live

search-liveSearch Live supplies integrated live search facilities and advanced search features.

Instant Search Results

This tool provides instant live search results where matches are found for one or multiple search keywords in titles, excerpts or content, allows to enhance the standard search form with this functionality, provides a flexible shortcode [search_live] that can be placed anywhere to provide an interactive search form and a widget for use in sidebars.

  • Instant search results replace the standard WordPress search form. This is enabled by default but you can turn it off.
  • You can use the shortcode [search_live] to place a search form anywhere.
  • You can use the Search Live widget in your sidebars.
  • Search Live automatically supports Custom Post Types, for example products or events. Any plugin that supplies its own public post type will be supported instantly.

Search Live can show instant search results including thumbnails and short descriptions or manual excerpts. Among other useful options, you can determine the number of results shown and whether to search in any combination of titles, excerpts or contents. These can be determined individually for each instance of Search Live’s shortcode or widget.

Search Live supplies results from posts, pages and other public post types. We’re working on an extended version that provides enhanced features and support for taxonomies.

Download

You can install the plugin directly from your WordPress Dashboard or go to the Search Live plugin page on WordPress.org where you can download it.

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32 Responses to Search Live

  1. Hans June 10, 2016 at 10:50 am #

    Hi,

    Installed your Search Live plugin and it is perfect, thanks for sharing! I have one question… When entering the search term and pressing on my keyboard the ugly WP/Theme search results page is shown. Can I disable the -key?

    Best regards, Hans.

  2. Hans June 10, 2016 at 10:53 am #

    Sorry, the post is missing something: “and pressing on my keyboard” must be “and pressing ENTER on my keyboard” and “Can I disable the -key?” must be Can I disable the ENTER-key?

  3. Pascal June 20, 2016 at 7:13 pm #

    Hi, many thanks for your really nice plugin. But there is one big think I’m missing in the plugin! For my search results I had installed the plugin “Search Exclude” which is function to exclude a page or post when this one is selected. The standard search results of WP was using this but your plugin is not looking to it any more. This results that all posts and pages are shown even when I don’t want to have them at the results. Will it be possible to add this to the search results?

    Further it would be really nice if you would have the settings to say which results you would like to include or exclude. For example exclude all pages, or some categories, etc.

    Many thanks.
    Pascal

    • antonio June 22, 2016 at 4:33 am #

      Hi Pascal,
      That’s true, this feature is not available, and it could be useful. We will consider it for future updates.
      Thanks for the suggestion,
      Antonio B.

      • Pascal September 4, 2016 at 9:17 am #

        Many thanks, would be really great if it does. Is there a way to change it by my self in the plugin?

        • antonio September 5, 2016 at 1:57 pm #

          Hi Pascal,
          You will need a developer to create your custom solution.
          Please understand that small hacks, modifications, low or under-budgeted projects are not accepted.
          Maybe in http://jobs.wordpress.net/ you can found a developer.
          Kind regards,
          Antonio B.

        • Kento September 6, 2016 at 8:29 am #

          Hi Pascal,

          Many thanks for your suggestions. We’re in fact working on an extended version which will provide more detailed control over the post types that can be included. Also the idea with allowing to exclude certain pages is interesting and I think we should certainly take it into account. Regarding your question, please have a look from line 270 in search-live/core/class-search-live-service.php – I don’t normally recommend to hack plugin code itself, but meanwhile you can set the $post_types variable to those post types you want to include only.

          I hope that helps, please let us know if you need more help.

          Cheers

        • antonio September 6, 2016 at 8:52 am #

          Hi Pascal,
          if you go to work at it, let me know if I can help you.
          Kind Regards,
          Antonio B.

  4. Alley June 21, 2016 at 10:43 am #

    I need to search only in specific category or post type . How can i customize this plugin

    • antonio June 22, 2016 at 4:29 am #

      Hi Alley,
      right now this option is not available. The post_type used on the search is set in search-live/core/class-search-live-service.php, line 270 (if you need to customize your solution, but remember that modify the code is not the best solution).
      Kind Regards,
      Antonio B.

  5. Webmaster August 22, 2016 at 4:20 am #

    Hey buddy, great plugin!

    Here is current shortcode: [search_live placeholder=”Search “]

    How do I get placeholder to display PHP? I just want placeholder to match current page title.

    Thanks in advance!

    https://developer.wordpress.org/reference/functions/get_the_title/

    • antonio August 22, 2016 at 7:07 am #

      Hi Webmaster,
      We’re using this code apply_filters( 'search_live_placeholder', $placeholder );, so you can use this filter to create your own custom solution.
      Kind Regards,
      Antonio B.

  6. ruben October 7, 2016 at 4:35 pm #

    Hello, Thanks for the excellent plugin. I have a question. How can it work faster? I am typing some terms in the search form and it takes like 2 mins to show the results

    • antonio October 15, 2016 at 8:38 am #

      Hi Ruben,
      It should not take so long, you may have a conflict with another plugin.
      You could try to disable unnecessary plugins and activating them one by one to find the possible problem.
      Kind Regards,
      Antonio B.

    • Webmaster October 23, 2016 at 9:47 pm #

      I’ve noticed this to be a problem amongst many instant search or typeahead related search plugins. I’ve had best of luck with itthinx plugin, no doubt but take antonio advice. here are three things to try:

      • activate debug in wp-config
      • disable than reactive one at a time
      • upgrade your hosting environment
      • change theme that is using slop code

      • antonio October 24, 2016 at 7:49 am #

        thanks for the contribution matt.
        Kind Regards,
        Antonio B.

  7. Focke October 21, 2016 at 12:12 pm #

    Hello, installed your Search Live plugin and it fits perfect for my use!

    Just one question: How can I change the title (Search…) in the search field? I would like to replace this by a (german) phrase.
    Thank you in advance!
    Kind Regards,
    Focke

    • Kento October 23, 2016 at 12:58 pm #

      Hi,

      If you’re using the widget, you will see there is a field “Placeholder” where you can change it – please see http://docs.itthinx.com/document/search-live/widgets/ for details. Does that help?

      Thanks for using the plugin and great to hear you like it! It would be great if you could give it a 5 star rating, a review will take you only a minute – and of course if there is anything that would keep you from giving it 5 stars, please make sure to let me know so we can improve it.

      Cheers

      • Focke Deparade October 24, 2016 at 8:50 am #

        Hi,
        thanks for your fast reply! I’m using the plugin with a shortcocode within a page. But it’s solved, I added the placeholder phrase the shortcode.
        Kind Regards,
        Focke

  8. Henrique January 6, 2017 at 1:28 pm #

    Hello! I have translated the plugin’s strings to Portuguese (Brazil). Is there any way I can send you the files, so they can be included in a future update?

    I would also suggest you guys consider moving to WP’s online translation platform – https://translate.wordpress.org/projects/wp-plugins/search-live

    Cheers and thanks for the great plugin!

    • antonio January 7, 2017 at 6:46 am #

      Hi Henrique,
      Sure, you can send us the translation to itthinx[at]itthinx[dot]com
      Thank you very much for the contribution.
      Kind Regards,
      Antonio B.

  9. Nick January 28, 2017 at 7:32 pm #

    This is a nice plugin. But i have a question. Can i change in the setting that you must fill in the whole title and than will you see one search result. Is that possible?

    • antonio January 30, 2017 at 7:21 am #

      Hi Nick,
      Really if the user need to write the whole title, he doesn’t need the search. You could play with the ‘Characters’ param in the Search Live widget, so the user need to set a minimum number of characters to start the search.
      Kind Regards,
      Antonio B.

  10. ian February 6, 2017 at 10:02 am #

    hi, just want to ask, can i use this to replace wordpress’ default search bar on the top menu? or it cal only be used as a shortcode or in the sidebar?

    thanks!

    • antonio February 6, 2017 at 5:54 pm #

      Hi ian,
      You can add the search form in your themes. Please have a look at the API page.
      Kind Regards,
      Antonio B.

  11. Tim June 8, 2017 at 5:15 pm #

    Hi, just installed your plugin and put this on my site: [search_live title=”yes” content=”no” excerpt=”no” placeholder=”Suchen…”]
    Works well so far but i dont get any instant results shown under the search bar itself. I think im just too stupid to setup correctly ^^. I added a new Pages with a Title (e.g. “Dog”) and then i type “dog” in search form and i dont get instant result but when i press enter i get a link to this page called “Dog”. So that works well!
    I do not use any other search plugins so there cannot be a mess (i think).
    Can anyone help me maybe?
    Thanks !!

    • antonio June 9, 2017 at 8:00 am #

      Hi Tim,
      Please give me an url to test it.
      Sometimes users get confused with the widget and use the normal wordpress search widget, maybe is this the problem?
      If you are using the normal search widget, you need to have activated the ‘Replace the standard WordPress search form’ option (from Serach Live->Search Live)
      Kind Regards,
      Antonio B.

      • Tim June 9, 2017 at 11:36 am #

        Hi, thanks for response. Okay so my test URL ist https://raubtier-portal.de/ so if u search for “marder” and press enter then it will show a correct search result (a link to the page “marder”) but not an instant result^^
        I did checkbox “replace the standard WordPress search form” and i deleted all search widgets. I only work with the shortcode for your plugin (now its [search_live placeholder=Suchen…]) But i can understand if you cannot help me via this chat. maybe i need to ask a friend who knows a bit more about wordpress at all so he maybe can check my backend.

        Regards, Tim

        • antonio June 12, 2017 at 7:40 am #

          Thanks Tim,
          I have tried this code:
          echo do_shortcode( '[search_live placeholder=Suchen…]' );
          and it seems to work correctly.
          Maybe is a cache problem? If you are using a cache plugin, please try to disable or clear cache.
          Kind Regards,
          Antonio B.

  12. Ondrej June 28, 2017 at 9:01 am #

    Hi, great plugin and I am very happy to use it. Thing is – it stopped working suddenly. (Nothing has changed, no updates, no nothing). It shows results after submitting, but it stopped showing live results.

    http://www.scitecard.com

    please advise

    O.

    • antonio June 28, 2017 at 10:09 am #

      Hi Ondrej,
      I can see that you have javascript errors.
      Please check if your plugin folder is ‘search-live’.
      If this is ok, then check if another plugin related with performance or security is changing the javascript load process (you can try to disable them).
      Kind Regards,
      Antonio B.

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