Search Functionality In Avada

01/05/2019

We search for information on a daily basis on the Internet, and our websites should be able to be searched as well. Avada offers a range of search features and functionality, which we will go over in this document. With Avada 5.9, we have added new functionality to search, including a whole new tab in the Fusion Theme Options. We have also added options for filtering what content is searchable, a range of ways of displaying that content, and a ‘live search’ feature. Try it below…

How To Enable Search

To enable search on your Avada website, there are several options.

  • Enable the Search Icon on the Main Menu – In the Theme Options, at Avada > Theme Options > Main Menu, there is an option to enable a Main Menu Search Icon. This places a search icon at the far right of your existing main menu.

  • Use the Search Bar Option in a Page Title Bar – If you use a Page Title Bar, you can replace the Breadcrumbs with a Search Bar, either globally at Avada > Theme Options > Page Title Bar > Breadcrumbs / Search Bar, or on a page by page basis in the Page Title Bar tab of the Fusion Page Options.

  • Add a Search Widget to any Widget Ready Area – You can place a search widget anywhere in your content by using any of the Widget Ready Areas in Avada, or using the Widget Area Element to place it into your page content (as in the example search bar above).

Live Search

The settings for Live Search can be found in the Theme Options > Search > Search Form tab. If you turn it on, you will see many options underneath it to control its appearance and functionality. You can set a minimal Character count for it to kick in, limit the number of posts the live search will suggest, control the height of the Live Search Results Container, and control whether the featured image and post type are displayed in the results.

Results show as soon as the minimum number of characters is reached (see image below). However, if the user hits Enter after they type, the search page will load instead.

Live Search Results

Search Options

These are found in the Fusion Theme Options, at Avada > Theme Options > Search.

Search Form Options

  • Limit Search Results Post Type – Turn on to limit the search results to specific post types you can choose.

  • Search Results Content – Controls the type of content that displays in search results. This is a multi-select option. Choices are PagesPostsPortfolio ItemsFAQ Items, WooCommerce Products, and Event Calendar Posts.

  • Limit Search to Post Titles – Turn on to limit the search to post titles only.

  • Search Form Design – Controls the design of the search forms. Choose from Classic or  Clean.

  • Enable Live Search – Turn on to enable live search results on the menu search field and other search forms.

  • Live Search Minimal Character Count – Set the minimal character count to trigger the live search.

  • Live Search Number of Posts – Controls the number of posts that should be displayed as search result suggestions.

  • Live Search Results Container Height – Controls the height of the container in which the search results will be listed. In pixels.

  • Live Search Display Featured Image – Turn on to display the featured image of each live search result. Choose from Yes or No.

  • Live Search Display Post Type – Turn on to display the post type of each live search result. Choose from Yes or No.

Fusion Theme Options - Search Form

Search Page Options

  • Search Results Layout – Controls the layout for the search results page. Choose from Large, Medium, Large AlternateMedium Alternate, Grid, or Timeline.  

  • Number of Search Results Per Page – Controls the number of search results per page.

  • Search Pagination Type – Controls the pagination type for the search results page.

  • Number of Columns – Controls the number of columns for grid and masonry layouts. IMPORTANT: Masonry layout does not work with 1 column. 

  • Column Spacing – Controls the column spacing for search results. In pixels.

  • Search Content Display – Controls if the search results contents display as an excerpt or full content or are completely disabled. Choose from ExcerptFull Content, or No Text.

  • Search Excerpt Length – Controls the number of words (or characters) in the search results excerpts. 

  • Search Strip HTML from Excerpt – Turn on to strip HTML content from the excerpt for the search results page. 

  • Featured Images for Search Results – Turn on to display featured images for search results.

  • Search Results Meta – Select the post metadata you want to be displayed in the individual search results. Possible metadata options are Author, Date, Categories, Comments, Read More Link, Tags, and Post Type.

  • Search Field Position – Controls the position of the search bar on the search results page. Choose from Above Results, Below Results, or Hide.

Fusion Theme Options - Search Page