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  • #30729

    Participant

    Hello,
    I am a new user of Ajax Search.
    I want to use your plugin to create an advanced search in addition to my current standard search.
    I configured a new search instance and created a new page /advanced-search which contains the generated short code.
    I configured both standard filters as well as a filter for an ACF custom field.
    None of these filters shows up on the preview or on the advanced-search page.
    What am I doing wrong?
    The search box is ok on the advanced-search page and the search works.
    But the result is displayed by my standard search results page with the standard search box on it.
    I want the result displayed by my standard search layout but keep your search box on top of it.
    How can I configure that ?
    Greetings
    Kurt

    #30742

    Hi,

    I am not seeing the search shortcode on the /advanced-search page unfortunately, that is a different search: https://i.imgur.com/WMaEbiY.png

    Make sure to place the plugin search shortcode there. It should look like this:

    [wpdreams_ajaxsearchpro id=1]

    or this:

    [wd_asp id=1]

    If the filters are not visible, check if the visibility and their position is set correctly.

    Best,
    Ernest Marcinko

    If you like my products, don't forget to rate them on codecanyon :)


    #30748

    Participant

    Hello Ernest,

    Thank you for your reply.

    You probably got an old advanced search from the cache.
    I cleared the cache now. The short code is ok.
    Works much better now.
    Is it possible to get the results box larger? to make more results visible without scrolling:

    I cannot find where to turn on the display of number of results. Please point me to it.

    Is is possible to get the same results display for the search box and for the filters ?

    Kurt

    #30756

    Is it possible to get the results box larger? to make more results visible without scrolling.
    Sure, you can change the viewport size here: https://i.imgur.com/9zDqVln.png

    I cannot find where to turn on the display of number of results. Please point me to it.
    You can change them here: https://i.imgur.com/7PeTske.png

    Is is possible to get the same results display for the search box and for the filters ?
    Can you please explain this in more details? I’m not sure what do you mean by this.

    Best,
    Ernest Marcinko

    If you like my products, don't forget to rate them on codecanyon :)


    #30762

    Participant

    Ernest,
    Thanks – it is getting better and better.
    What I really meant: there should be “number of results found” displayed…
    But I found it here https://documentation.ajaxsearchpro.com/layout-settings/results-information-box
    Turned it on and it works.

    So there is one main issue left:
    I have a large database (14000 posts) with very many ACF custom fields to search.
    So it is very slow.
    So I guess I should use the indexing.
    Is the index automatically updated for new and modified posts?
    or has it be rebuilt manually each time ?

    The filtered search is much faster because it only searches one field.
    Opposed to the search box which has to search everything.
    Is it possible to remove the search box and use the filters only ?

    Kurt

    #30771

    Hi,

    The index automatically updates when a post is added, removed or modified, you don’t have to re-create it again.

    Yes, you can remove the search box, if you only need the filters: https://i.imgur.com/DTrQzjR.png

    Best,
    Ernest Marcinko

    If you like my products, don't forget to rate them on codecanyon :)


    #30773

    Participant

    Hello Ernest,
    Thanks.
    I configured an index according to instructions.
    I added all the custom fields which I had before.
    I created the index. All well. I turned on the index.

    But it does not work properly.
    I do not get any results from the custom fields.
    If I search the title it works.

    What is wrong ?
    Kurt

    #30774

    Participant

    I have a two column layout now.
    I want to change to a one column layout but I do not find where to modify this.
    Kurt

    #30784

    Can you give me an example input I can use to test? As well as which result is missing? Thank you!

    Best,
    Ernest Marcinko

    If you like my products, don't forget to rate them on codecanyon :)


    #30786

    Participant

    You can search for Tosca in Opera.
    toggle Search in title on / off
    You can compare with the standard search in the right sidebar !
    Kurt

    #30787

    Participant

    attached my settings for the custom fields and the index

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    #30791

    If you are not using the search bar, then it is completely useless to use the index table engine. I recommend the following configuration:
    – Regular engine with this: https://i.imgur.com/utRkBdu.png
    – The generic filters should be disabled, they need a visible search bar, otherwise useless: https://i.imgur.com/TbJk1D5.png
    That should resolve the issue with the filters.

    Best,
    Ernest Marcinko

    If you like my products, don't forget to rate them on codecanyon :)


    #30794

    Participant

    OK, it works but VERY SLOW!

    Question: I have set all custom fields to LIKE.
    Could you please explain how this comparison is done and wether it can be fine tuned in some way.
    What id the search term is two words: Placido Domingo or Domingo Placido
    In the ACF field is a comma separated list of singers.

    Kurt

    #30795

    Well, you can try using “EXACTLY LIKE”, that might be a bit better, but may not work as you want it.
    Filtering on custom fields and taxonomy terms is an extremely hard task, and unfortunately there is no way of indexing it. For generally large databases with a lot of fields I usually don’t recommend using filters.

    For the absolute best possible berformace: Only a search bar configured with the index table engine – and all the custom fields can be indexed as well. Without the filters it can be very fast.

    Best,
    Ernest Marcinko

    If you like my products, don't forget to rate them on codecanyon :)


    #30796

    Participant

    Ernest,
    I have now put the Advanced Search LIVE!
    Thank you very much for your great help and support.
    Kurt

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