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WooCommerce: How to Show Product Search Suggestions?

AKA “Ajax Search” (displaying search suggestions while a WooCommerce user is typing something in the search bar), is a brilliant idea for all of you ecommerce entrepreneurs.

Saving time to a potential customer is your number one goal. Besides, if your website has a lot of traffic, search should be one of your sales propositions (look at Amazon and eBay to see how prominent the search bar is).

Enabling “Ajax Search” in WooCommerce is actually pretty easy. This time, there is no snippet, but a good combination of free and premium plugins that do the job.

Please note – in this article we will be covering the “Ajax Search” plugins and not the product filtering ones, which are fairly different in regard to the functionality they provide.

So, what are the most reliable “Search Suggestion” plugins for WooCommerce?

1. YITH WooCommerce Ajax Search (free)

Yet another YITH WooCommerce plugin – they seem to have a product for all the most needed custom features in WooCommerce.

Here we take a look at their free plugin (premium version is described below) – which comes with a good range of settings such as the minimum number of characters that triggers the Ajax suggestions, the maximum number of search suggestions, and a custom label.

YITH Ajax search can be displayed via shortcode, a widget or a PHP function.

Here are a few screenshots (click on any image to open lightbox):

2. Ajax Search for WooCommerce (free)

This is another popular plugin on WordPress.org, currently managed by Damian Góra.

While this is pretty similar to YITH, there is a big difference: search suggestions can be displayed as simple text or, alternatively, you can include product images, price, description, and other information.

There is no premium version in this case, and it hasn’t been updated in the last 5 months as of now. But sure, you can give it a try and let me know if it still works in the comments.

Here are a few screenshots (click on any image to open lightbox):

3. YITH WooCommerce Ajax Search (premium, €53/year)

YITH WooCommerce Ajax Search premium version gives you access to additional features, settings and functionalities. The whole overview can be found on their official website here so I won’t be long in this article.

On top of the free features we described earlier, this premium version offers a very useful filter for search fields, it can also search for pages, posts, SKUs and as per the plugin we saw at #2, also display extra information such as images, sale badges, prices, featured badges.

Basically, an extra set of functionalities to boost your Ajax Search and increase your sales conversion rate.

Here are a few screenshots (click on any image to open lightbox):

Rodolfo Melogli

Author, WooCommerce expert, WordCamp speaker and Internet marketer, Rodolfo Melogli has worked as a WooCommerce freelancer since 2011. He helps entrepreneurs and developers overcome their WooCommerce nightmares :) Rodolfo is the organiser of WordCamp Dublin, the Dublin WooCommerce Meetup, the Dublin Ecommerce Meetup and the Dublin WordPress Meetup. He enjoys interacting with people, travelling and chasing tennis & soccer balls. Of course, he loves pizza too.

2 thoughts on “WooCommerce: How to Show Product Search Suggestions?

  1. Hello!

    I’ve just discovered you in YouTube and I’m very thankful about your woocommerce customization. But I have a Question. I use Yith in my site, but search results are displayed as a list, and I would like to display them as a shop style: picture, title, price. Is there anyware I can choose this option? Thans in advance for yor help. Best wishes from Spain

    1. Hola Eli! In this case I suggest you contact YITH support 🙂 Suerte!

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