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///////****** WordPress 1.5 Plugin – suggest ******\\\\\\


This plug-in enables a feature called “suggest”. Whenever you
type a character in the search field of your blog site, your articles
are being searched and suggestions are presented. You
can select these suggestions and hit enter, to execute a search request.

For this plug-in I used a javascript “library” of Google’s Suggest
Search. I modified it, to adjust style and functionality , so that
it works with WordPress. I tested it with Firefox 1.0.6 and IE 6.0 (SP2).

FILES: suggest.php – plug-in file used by WordPress
/suggest/suggest_data.php – fetches data from WordPress database
/suggest/ac.js – modified javascript library


  1. Copy “suggest.php” and folder (and content) “suggest” into /wp-content/plugins directory.
    Depending on the URI of your blog, you might need to configure the directory of the plug-in (step 4).

  2. Open the template file that contains your search box and search for a html form called “searchform”
    (in my case I opened header.php of my template and searched for ‘


form id=”searchform”‘). Add a name
to the form tag: ‘name=”searchform”‘. Add the attribute ‘autocomplete=”off”‘ to the input field with the id “s”
Change button name from “submit” to “subButton”

my original form:

<form id="searchform" method="get" action="”>

<input type="submit" name="submit" value="” />

my form after modification:

<form id="searchform" name="searchform" method="get" action="”>

<input type="submit" name="subButton" value="” />

  1. Activate plug-in

  2. Open “suggest.php” to configure the plug-in. Since version 0.3, it’s possible to configure colors and font
    of the dropdown, presenting the suggestions. Furthermore it’s possible to configure the
    number of suggestions presented. You can also configure the directory of the plug-in, which might be
    necessary for your blog. Since version 0.4, it’s possible to enable or disable the output of ‘x results’ for
    Internet Explorer.


  • not XHTML valid due to JavaScript limitations
  • problems displaying results in InternetExplorer


Mozilla Firefox 1.0.6 – problems with script tag, messing up my layout
Internet Explorer 6.0 SP2 – known problems displaying results, won’t be fixed
Opera 7.54 – not working, cause XMLHttpRequest is not supported
Safari 1.2.4 – no problems


version 0.1 -> 0.2: – suggest_data.php (better suggestions)

version 0.2 -> 0.3: – suggest_data.php
* added version header
* improved search results (problems with upper and lower cases)
* added max number of suggestions
– suggest.php
* added global configuration parameters
* changed output of insertGoogleScript for XHTML validation
* changed output of insertSuggestLoad for configuration of style
– ac.js
* added version header
* changed method InstallAC for configuration of style
* added variables for style
* changed method l for configuration of style

version 0.3 -> 0.4: – suggest_data.php
* added wordpress 1.5 (pre-release) support
– suggest.php
* added global configuration parameter to configure output of ‘x results’ with IE
– ac.js
* changes method rb to enable configuration of ‘x results’ output with IE

version 0.4 -> 0.5: – suggest_data.php
* replaced php short tags with full tags (ticket #74)
* only posts marked as public or static are being searched for suggestions
– suggest.php
* replaced php short tags with full tags (ticket #74)
version 0.5 -> 0.6: – readme.txt
* added WP 1.5 issues

LICENSE for suggest.php & suggest_data.php:

Copyright (C) David Linsin

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License
as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2
of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place – Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA.

Contributors & Developers

“///////****** WordPress 1.5 Plugin – suggest ******\\\\\\” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.