Ajax Search Lite


Ajax Search Lite – is a live search plugin for WordPress. This responsive live search engine, which will boost your user experience by providing a user friendly ajax powered search form – an ajax live search. You can filter the results with the category and post type filter boxes as well. Google autocomplete and keyword suggestions also included.

Very smooth animations with mobile device support and regular updates. Use Ajax Search Lite as a replacement for the default WordPress search with a better looking, more efficient search engine.
Fine-tune the user experience by providing a powerful ajax search plugin to your visitors. It will rock your site! Supports custom post types and custom fields and more. Boost your site search engine with this custom built live search engine.

Live Demo



Features List:

  • Search in posts and pages
  • Search in custom post types
  • Search in title, description, excerpt and custom fields
  • Custom Filter boxes (checkbox filters) for categories and post types
  • WPML and Qtranslate compatible
  • 8 built in templates
  • Retina ready vectorized SVG and CSS3 icons
  • Category and post exclusions
  • Frontend search settings boxes
  • Images in search results
  • Fully ajax powered
  • 40+ options on the backend
  • Caches images for faster response time
  • Performance Options
  • Google analytics integration
  • Primary and Secondary ordering options
  • Highly compatible and responsive

Homepage: wp-dreams.com

Pro version Demo: Ajax Search Pro

Pro version fetures v4.10.5 (2017.06.07):

  • Frontend Demo: Ajax Search Pro
  • The search now can affect the default WordPress search results
  • Search in BuddyPress, BBPress, JigoShop, Woocommerce
  • Search in BuddyPress activity feed, users and group names
  • Search result grouping by categories or post types
  • Responsive design
  • Search in custom fields
  • Advanced caching technology – image precaching, search phrase caching
  • Category selectors on the frontend – It’s now possible to filter the posts by categories
  • Post grouping by category or post type!
  • Search in comments
  • 100+ Themes – Fully configurable and editable – with theme customizer & preview window
  • 4 layouts: Vertical, Horizontal, Polaroid and Isotopic (with pagination)
  • 400+ Admin options
  • Google keyword suggestions and autocomplete
  • Compatibility options and features
  • Caching options & Search statistics
  • Keyword Highlighting & more…
  • Full features list: Full Features List

Plugin website



  • Ajax Search Lite in action - 2 themes
  • Administrator area - nice and smooth


  1. Upload ajax-search-lite to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Place the shortcode from the settings into your template or post-page


Installation Instructions
  1. Upload ajax-search-lite to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Place the shortcode from the settings into your template or post-page
After an update, the plugin stopped working or the layout is broken

It is most likely a cache related issue. Make sure to clear all website cache, including page, minify, browser and CDN as well.
After that, refresh your browser window by hitting CTRL + SHIFT + R buttons (CMD + SHIFT + R on Mac) a few times.

The images are not showing, what is wrong?

The search parses the first image from the post/page content. Most likely there
is no image in post.

When I type in something, the search wheel is spinning, but nothing happens

It is most likely, that another plugin or the template is throwing errors while the
ajax request is generated. Disabling all the plugins one by one can help you rule out which plugin
is creating the issue.

I disabled all the plugins but the search wheel is still spinning to infinity, nothing happens

You should contact me on the support forum with your website url. I will check your website
and will let you know what to do.


Great plugin

Everything you’ll ever need from a search plugin. Works great with Avada Theme.

Very, very good

Solves a difficult problem in an easy way. Works wel and very smoothly. Plenty of options to filter your search and to customize the way it works and looks. After testing it out I bought the PRO version, which is highly recommended. This gives you even more options. Like separating the search field from the results box. Is highly customizable so you can fit it into your theme perfectly.

The Best Ajax Seach

I have tried
1. SearchWP Live Ajax Search
2. Relevanssi – A Better Search
3. EDD Ajax Search
4. Search Live
5. Lava Ajax Search
and all doesn’t work well for my website: (HERE)

I recommend Ajax Seach lite and they have an excellent support

BBPress Forum Search Solution!

Amazing! Finally, I have one search for bbpress forum and wordpress articles, everything. NICE. Thanks so much! (FYI you can drag forum, comments, and replies into “Search in custom post types” from the first tab in plugin) So many customizations, too–love the look. πŸ™‚

Dev should add that the plugin has bbpress search integration into description!

Read all 107 reviews

Contributors & Developers

“Ajax Search Lite” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Ajax Search Lite” has been translated into 3 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

Translate “Ajax Search Lite” into your language.

Interested in development?

Browse the code, check out the SVN repository, or subscribe to the development log by RSS.



  • Redirection location now can be set to a new tab as well
  • Max-height attribute to results container (default: auto)
  • The magnifier and return redirection/action options have been merged
  • The main search input trigger method changed from ‘keyup’ to ‘input’ event
  • The main query now properly gets cancelled when the override query is executed.
  • Fixed container detection – The results and settings container no longer ‘jumps’ when the search bar is placed in a fixed container.


  • Results templating is available now as in the pro version
  • The plugin can remember the last keyword when hitting the browser back button (enable under the Compatibility settings menu)
  • .option and .label CSS classes deprecated, replaced by asl_option_inner and .asl_option_label classes (location: front-end drop-down settings)
  • Visibility exclusion for older WooCommerce versions (with post meta solution)
  • Result keyword highlighter now support unicode character sets on exact word matching


  • WPML compatibility fix, where links sometimes pointed to incorrect location
  • asl_print_search_query filter added to the search input text on the results page
  • Minification of all front-end CSS files, ~35% space saved
  • New CSS classes: asl_w, asl_m, asl_s, asl_r (global class, main box class, settings box class, results box class)


  • Category exclusions issue fixed, where excluded categories caused whole, not affected post types to get excluded
  • ACF image field gets parsed correctly when image custom field is selected as image source
  • Some more acessibility fixes


  • Added an option to open results in a new tab
  • Added accessibility switch for back-end configuration
  • Web accessibility fixes in HTML layout (forms, inputs, labels etc..)
  • Mobile checkbox trigger fix
  • Translation fix for ‘No results’ text


  • Compatibility settings: Fallback option for old IE (<=8) browsers
  • Compatibility settings: Option to disable loading google fonts
  • Assets are now loaded protocolless
  • :before and :after elements within the form are now forced to invisible (compatibility)
  • String translation function now supports qTranslatex


  • Checkbox labels are now clickable
  • Input focus and results opening now works if there is no search phrase entered
  • Back-end menu links were changed to a nicer URL
  • Context find bugfix – where with empty phrase the search might return the full text
  • Fixed a bug with WPML where product variations were displayed in incorrect language
  • Fixed 3 WooCommerce related error messages
  • IOS devices will no longer zoom unexpectedly
  • Function keys [F1-F12] will not trigger the search anymore
  • PHP Compatibility checker false positive fix: __sleep(), __clone() and __wakeup() magic method overrides removed


  • Nicer URLs on redirection in some cases
  • Typo fixes in CSS files
  • WooCommerce: Product variation title repetition fix
  • WooCommerce: Product variations now respect the parent product status
  • WooCommerce: Hidden products now can be excluded (enabled by default)
  • Added an exception filter to allow stop plugin loading completely: asl_stop_loading filter
  • Content image parser – now converts the content to UTF8 first


  • A category filtering bug fixed
  • Better compatibility with ACF


  • Clicking on the input or on empty character input the plugin will open the latest successful result list
  • Empty space bar trigger fix
  • Mobile submit issue fix
  • Phrases matching the start of titles have a much greater relevance now
  • Moved the search placeholder text option to the correct tab on the back-end


  • Better context finder
  • Custom field options updated to ajax, to prevent issues
  • Results page orderby and order query variables respect
  • WooCommerce results page price filter and ordering respect
  • Mobile device related fixes
  • Ajax page loading related fixes
  • Custom field based filtering optimizations


  • Featured image source size is adjustable
  • Shortcode now functions as menu item
  • WooCommerce catalog visibility is now respected
  • Mobile bugfix: double tap issue
  • WPML translation issue fix


  • Default character count to trigger set to 0
  • Node.js and Require.js module loading disabled, as not neccessary.
  • Curvy themes, background is white, changed to transparent


  • FROM action tag removed
  • qtranslateX comppatibility functions
  • Override bugfix, where it was enabled even if disabled
  • asl_results execution fix, where it was executed two times, instead of one
  • more results link override fix, where it redirected only, without override
  • New redirection options for Magnifier and Enter events
  • Custom redirection URI scheme option
  • Polylang string translations support
  • asl_custom_fonts filter to access font inclusions
  • asl_layout_in_form action to access form
  • GET method is now the default for override
  • Session is removed, using COOKIES instead, yumm
  • asl_active query variable removed for POST requests


  • Scroll script is now possible to turn off
  • Better scroll script compatibility and namespace
  • Polylang compatibility implemented
  • Image width and height issue solved
  • Permalinkg name search implemented
  • Fixed an issue with string encodings


  • Category exclusions for objects without assigned terms fix
  • WooCommerce form override is now possible (if supported)
  • Additional init method for redundancy (window.load)
  • Init data moved to div attributes instead of content
  • Scrollbar updated to latest version
  • Font import removed, using wp_enqueue_style() instead


  • Keyword logic option added (OR, AND)
  • Checkbox layout changed to flex
  • Allow search in all custom fields option
  • Settings no longer hide when search is triggered


  • Session related fixes and optimizations
  • Bakc-end script fixes


  • Keyword highlighting implemented
  • IE11 back-end fixes
  • Removed unused and deprecated files
  • W3C style validation related fix


  • Mobile close button fix
  • Mobile keyboard behavior fix
  • QtranslateX compatibility fix
  • Initialization fix
  • Better back-end script loading
  • Debug information fixed


  • Core reworked to a much better structure
  • Visual Composer bugfix
  • Better shortcode stripping algo
  • More performant context finder
  • imagecache.class.php file removal
  • Animations have been replaced with CSS3 animations
  • Primary and Secondary ordering implemented
  • Placeholder WPML string translation ready
  • Private custom fields are displayed on the back-end now
  • Option saving returns to the parent tab
  • Search box and results override
  • Ajax detection initializer
  • Javascript sources & initialization switch
  • Width and Margin option
  • Results position and width fix for low bar widths


  • New menu: Compatibility Options
  • Compatibility allowing to force case sensitive, insensitive, UTF8 and UNICODE queries
  • Excerpt search fixed
  • CSS fixes, including a placeholder fix
  • A new escaping method, supporting more characters


  • Autocomplete and Keyword suggestions introduced
  • Keyboard navigation fixes
  • 3 new curvy styles
  • Animation and navigation fixes


  • Scripts are moved to the footer by default
  • Inline scripts removed, using JS files for initialization
  • Description context option introduced
  • A CSS fix for title display
  • An image parsing fix


  • New menus: Performance Options and Support
  • JSON responses transformed into HTML
  • Input focusing after clicking on close button
  • Added an option to control the facet change event
  • Custom Ajax Handler implemented
  • Image cropping disabled, added an option to control it
  • Debug data gathering for more effective support
  • Some scrolling issues fixes
  • A category and term related bug fixed


  • Major Query optimizations
  • Scrolling calculation and experience fixes
  • CSS fixes for older IE browsers
  • Input elements changed to flex layout
  • Bugs fixed where input would resize to 0 pixels
  • Term exclusion is now possible by ID
  • Mobile search and type fix
  • WooCommerce product variation Title and URL fixes


  • WPML compatibility fix
  • A possible security issue fix


  • Updated engine with full UTF8 charset support
  • Languages like chinese, persian are now searchable
  • Language files added


  • Fixed long label names in frontend settings dropdown
  • Title and description substrings at word endings
  • Removed an unneccessary CSS rule
  • Fixed a bug with custom post type names


  • Hotfix for disabled categories


  • Fully reworked from version 1.7
  • Added 30+ more options & much nicer options panel
  • Brand new themes: Simple, Classic and Underline
  • Google analytics integration
  • Now possible to search custom post types
  • Possible to search custom fields and excerpts
  • Possible to exclude categories and posts by ID-s
  • Possible to change image sources and set a default image
  • Possible to add custom field and category selectors to the frontend


  • Reworked the admin section
  • New template: metro blue


  • Removed an unnecessary link


  • Stripping shortcodes from results content


  • Security fix


  • 2 brand new themes!
  • Very stable custom built javascript
  • Stabilised frontend and backend
  • All compatibility issues fixed


  • Search widget added
  • Multisite fix


  • Disappear bugfix
  • WordPress 3.5 compatible