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…
To enable search on your Avada website, there are several options.
With Avada 6.1, there is now also an option in the Main Menu Options (Avada > Theme Options > Menu > Main Menu) to change the Main Menu Search layout, from a Drop-Down to a Menu Overlay.
When this is enabled, clicking on the search icon in the Main Menu triggers a search overlay, which goes the full length of the menu and covers it completely. This is a design option and works whether Live Search is enabled or not.
See the screenshots below for where to find the options, how the menu looks initially with this option turned on, how the overlay displays once the search icon is clicked, and how the menu results display if Live Search is enabled.
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.
These are found in the Fusion Theme Options, at Avada > Theme Options > Search.