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Awesome Instant Search

Awesome Instant Search integrate Instant Search to ANY wordpress website.

Awesome Instant Search integrate Instant Search to ANY wordpress website using CSS seletors. If you are familiar with CSS already, you should have no problem setting this up. The less experienced can use my full tutorial to set up in 15-20 minutes.

After installing the plugin, go to Settings->Awesome Instant Search in your admin panel. On the first tab, General Settings, you can activate the plugin, but you should probably set it up first.

If you are working with the TwentyThirteen theme, the plugin should work out of the box. TwentyTwelve and TwentyTen can be applied instantly as well. Go to the plugin settings page described above, and under the General Settings use the dropdown next to Theme Quick Settings to select between twentythirteen, twentytwelve and twentyeleven. Again, if you are not using these themes you have to set the plugin up to fit your particular theme. Unfortunately there's not a way (that I know of) that will get this plugin working out of the box!

For the quick tutorial, see below. For those of you unfamiliar with simple HTML and CSS concepts, see my full tutorial.

The Essentials

Essentially, you need to configure three settings.

  • Search Field Selector
  • Page Content Selector
  • Search result selector

If you know your HTML pretty well, here's what to do: Assign Search Field Selector to the class or ID of your search field(s) in your website. The default input[name="s"] should work for any website.

Assign Page Content Selector to the ID of the element you want your search results to appear in. Remember to use a period (.) or hash sign (#) just like you would with a CSS selector. So for example #content. Just like with CSS you can be more specific when you need to, e.g., #main #content .container and so on. Keep in mind, this content will be hidden on the current page where the search is performed.

Next, in the same fashion, assign a selector for the search results. In about 99% of websites, this is going to be the same as the content selector with .hentry added in there. For example, if you assigned #content as your Page Content Selector, you would use #content .hentry as your Search Result Selector.

These are the three most important settings. After you get these, go ahead and test it out or play with the other settings.

Other Settings

Search URL is where the search results appear. This is your wordpress website's domain with the letters ?=s appended to it — e.g., http://www.example.com?=s This shouldn't need to be changed but is there just in case you ever need to change it.

Hide These Elements If you want additional elements to be hidden when performing a search, use this option. These elements will be revealed again when the search is cleared. This value accepts comma separated CSS selectors, use it to hide comments, page navigation and other extraneous elements when searching.

Before Instant Results is HTML to appear before the Instant Search results. Use the tag %%SEARCH_TERM%% to print the search term, e.g., <h3>Search results for: "%%SEARCH_TERM%%"</h3> might show up as <h3>Search results for: "Contact Info"</h3> on your page.

Theme Quick Settings Quickly access default settings for twentyten, twentytwelve, and twentythirteen.

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Requires: 3.0.1 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.8.0
Last Updated: 2014-1-12
Downloads: 429

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