This plugin hasn’t been tested with the latest 3 major releases of WordPress. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.



WP AutoSuggest adds the Auto Suggest support to the WordPress search. The visitor can enter a keyword and the plugin will show him a few suggestion via an AJAX request before submitting the search query. The visitor can continue his search by pressing enter or he/she can use the keyboard arrows (up and down) to visit directly a suggested post.

Changelog – from 0.23 to 0.24

  • CSS has been fixed to validate. ( background-image: transparent; -> background: transparent; )

Changelog – from 0.22 to 0.23

  • Move images to plugin’s root directory/images and update CSS accordingly
    to this location. Most wp extensions store images like this and while this
    is completely invisible to end user – it makes it simpler for developers.
  • Pressing enter on search field did not submit form earlierly on all
    browsers. This now has been changed and advantage is that when wp-autosuggest
    is enabled, user can have a form without submit button and form is submitted
    by pressing ENTER when cursor is on search field. (Some browsers would do
    this behavior even without the code)

Changelog – from 0.21 to 0.22

  • Changed loading of javascript and css to new way which was introduced in
    wordpress 2.7 and should be used since then – this new way to define loading
    of scripts and styles avoids them from loading twice – and there also are
    plugins that allow installation to use google hosted scripts if available
    as well – but they only work if you use this new way.
    Unfortunately this breaks compatibility to older WP installations than 2.7

    • although this COULD be made backwards compatible by checking first if
      wp_enqueue_script and wp_enqueue_style functions are missing and in that
      case software would use the old way. This has not been done in 0.22.
      If you are using older than 2.7 – Do not upgrade to v0.22

Changelog – from 0.2 to 0.21

  • Changed readme.txt

Changelog – from 0.1 to 0.2

  • Round corners only worked nicely with white background (images didn’t have transparency);
    Removed round corner images for container and made corners round with CSS3.
  • Changed “tip” graphic
  • wp-autosuggest html: layout has been simplified
  • wp-autosuggest css: removed unnecessary parts
  • Localization support added:
    • tested that it works with and without languageswitcher plugin
    • removed setting that contained “no results” text, this now on is fetched from localization file
    • fixed broken support for international characters
  • Fixed a typo in the beginning of javascript file (there was extra “7” before comments in beginning of file)
  • Removed some unnecessary files.


  • Here is a screenshot of plugin in action with browser that has support for CSS3.
  • A screenshot of plugin in action with browser that does not support CSS3 or has CSS3 support disabled.


Installing WP AutoSuggest is very straight forward:

  1. Upload wp-autosuggest to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. We’re done!

Some templates have the search input ID changed which is by default s, you change it from the WP AutoSuggest settings page.

Contributors & Developers

“wp-autosuggest” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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