WordPress Instant Search

WordPress Simple Instant Search Plugin

Recently i had a client ask for an instant search functionality in his WordPress site like Google had implemented which was simple to do and since i had so free time on a long train ride I took the code i had and turned it in to a every easy to use plugin. presenting Simple Instant Search


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What does it do?

This Plugin allows you add an instant search to your blog or site, using a simple shortcode.

How does it work?

When a user types in the search box it automatically calls an Ajax search function which returns the result even before they hit the search button.


  • Very easy to install and use.
  • Easy configuration screen.
  • simple options to style the search results.
  • extendable by hooks and filters all around.
  • Use as shortcode.
  • Use as template tag for easy integration with your theme or plugin.



Download the latest Version from WordPress.org

Simple Installation steps:

  1. Extract the zip file and just drop the contents in the wp-content/plugins/ directory of your WordPress installation.
  2. Then activate the Plugin from Plugins page.
  3. Done!



Simply create or edit post/page and add the


shortcode to it. then head over to the plugin admin panel under settings/Instant Search and configure you instant search. if you want to use it in a template file then just use

<?php echo do_shortcode('[IS]'); ?> 

this is it, enjoy and any feedback is welcome, also make sure to submit bug if you find any.

Change Log:

  • 1.2
    • changed CSS to fix front end submit hidden.
  • 1.1
    • Fixed content phrasing issue thanks to Omer Goshen
  • 1.0
    • Initial release

Ohad Raz

WordPress Consultant, a WordPress Developer and a WordPress Freelancer With over 10 years experience in architecting web sites and applications. WordPress Development moderator and somethimes Plugin Developer.