Advanced Search WordPress Plugin

Better item search based on the chosen location
Compatible themes: Categories: BusinessFinder+ City Guide Directory+ Event Guide FoodGuide
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Let the visitors of your directory portal find items around the location where they want to go, no matter where they are right now. All you need to do is to type in the location and choose your prefered radius. Advanced Search Plugin also allows you to search around the area defined by ZIP code, the same way like you’re used to in Google Maps. Now you and your users do not have to struggle with difficult location setup & search process.

v1.4
WordPress 4.9.x
Translated Languages 27
Compatible Browsers IE9+, Chrome, Firefox, Safari
Layout Responsive
GDPR Compliant yes
v1.4 September 20, 2018
- Fix: Fixed javascript error when header map is inactive
v1.3 July 26, 2018
- Update: Compatibility with new feature in directory type themes (Load header map on request by click on button)
v1.2 August 3, 2017
- Tweak: Search results consider current map bounds
v1.1 January 20, 2017
- Fix: Removed double slash from google maps api link
- Fix: Javascripts might fail if plugin was active on page without Search Form Element
- Fix: Reset lat and lon when location text removed from input field
v1.0 December 8, 2016
- Plugin Released

Bring Foursquare to your WordPress website

Search on your website linked to Google maps

Find items around certain location (just like in Google maps). Advanced Search Plugin offers intuitive search in Google maps. System automatically displays predefined suggestions so user can pick desired location.

Thanks to this, users can easily find the right location even if they don’t know its exact name.

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Now there’s also possibility to search items anywhere in the world. Advanced search plugin will make sure it will never happen again that user won’t be able to find certain item just because admin set the category or locality incorrectly. There’s no need for manual entries of categories and locations in taxonomy list any more. This is the key benefit for business clients of your directory portal.

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Find exactly what you’re looking for

More accurate search results of directory items for even better user experience

Main benefits for end user

  • Intuitive search with automatic suggestions of predefined search results
  • Search based on keywords, categories & Google locations
  • Search in radius by ZIP code
  • User’s current location won’t limit the search results
  • Search of items around location anywhere in the world

Main benefits for admin of directory website

  • Possibility of pre-defining search parameters for end users
  • Possibility to preset locations
  • Possibility to preset search radius
  • No need for manual creation of locality in taxonomy list

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Comments (59)

  1. Luis Lombardi

    Hello i want to know if this addon/plugin comes added to our currently theme that we bought few time a go? i can give you the purchase code or anything you need of… thanks

    1. Zlatko

      Hello Luis,

      thanks for asking. Advanced Search plugin is fully compatible with the following directory themes only:
      https://www.ait-themes.club/wordpress-themes/directory-themes/

      Best regards!
      Zlatko

    2. P Sharma

      hello, I tried to install a free them (multi-authored blog plugin). AIT Elements Toolkit plugin is required for all of them but I could not get it. Please help me.

      1. Zlatko

        Hello,
        thanks for asking. Free version of the theme doesn’t use AIT Toolkit plugin: https://www.ait-themes.club/wordpress-plugins/ait-elements-toolkit/ /no pre-made custom post types, no Elements to show them in Page Builder/. All you can do with free theme version is setting of colors and some basic functionality, in fact theme is suitable for personal use only (not ready for commercial purpose, no technical support).
        Therefore, feel free to have a try our framework – administration of the theme -> i hope you’ll find the following article as useful. https://www.ait-themes.club/how-do-the-best-free-wordpress-themes-work/
        Hope it will help you.
        Best,
        Zlatko

  2. Merel Sylvia

    Hello,
    I would like to implement this plugin for Directory + and I have the following question.

    Is this plugin allows the following : Is it possible to set up a default radius for a research and to get all the results according the default radius ?
    Example :You set up 30 miles by default in the radius geolocation and you are looking for a travel agency in “City X”. In this case the research gives you the results of all travel agencies around 30 miles of “City X” ?
    Is it possible ?
    Thank you in advance

    1. Zlatko

      Hello,

      thanks for asking.
      Yes, you can set the default radius, please have a look at the documentation: https://www.ait-themes.club/doc/advanced-search-plugin-options/

      Kind regards!
      Zlatko

  3. Aritz

    I have a serious error with this plugin. It is updated to the latest version and now I can not see any map on the web. Deactivate it and the maps work.

    1. Zlatko

      Hello,
      thanks for your message.
      I’d like to kindly ask you to check our knowledge base and/or documentation
      https://www.ait-themes.club/documentation/ | https://www.ait-themes.club/knowledge-base
      or post technical question directly in our support ticket system. Please log in to your account https://system.ait-themes.club/support/
      Thanks!
      Zlatko

      1. Aritz

        I was already checking the documentation. The error is the plugin. In version 1.0 everything was fine, but in 1.1 does not work. Do you know if there is an error with this plugin in the update?

        1. Zlatko

          Hello Aritz,
          thanks for getting back on this. Please try to deactivate a 3rd party plugins as we do not have any issue within our installation.
          Should your issue still persists, Ait-Themes team is ready to help you with any theme-regarding issue: Customer Support is provided during working days from 8am to 5pm Central European Time. If you have not created Ait Themes Club account yet, please use this form: https://system.ait-themes.club/join/tf and post your technical question directly in our support ticket system. Please log in to your account https://system.ait-themes.club/support/ . Please kindly also note that in general support covers mainly finding of solutions for problems in theme and help users use the product, if there is a bug we’ll fix it as soon as possible. Unfortunately we are not capable working on user’s custom websites.
          Our technicians can answer most efficiently even as quick as possible if you decide for the “priority question” service /you’ll get an answer within a few working hours/.

          Best regards!
          Zlatko

        2. Zlatko

          Hello Aritz,

          thanks for your feedback again. Confirmed! It’s a bug related to a common WP installation and will be solved asap. I apologize for my misunderstanding – i was testing our WP multisite installation where the problem doesn’t appear. We expect that updated version of Advanced Search plugin with solved issue will be available from the middle of the next week.

          Thanks for your patience and understanding.
          Kind regards,
          Zlatko

        3. Zlatko

          Hello,
          the bug was solved and we have released v2.0 of Business Finder theme with following improvements:
          – Update: Support for free basic packages
          – Update: Speed optimization for projects with large number of items
          – Update: Header Map loads items asynchronously (prevents server failures and heavy loads)
          – Update: php7 optimization
          – Update: Improved mobile responsive version for better user experience
          Feel free to update your theme too.
          Kind regards,
          Zlatko

            1. Zlatko

              Hello,
              we have released v2.0 of Business Finder theme which means no new version of AIT Advanced Search plugin …
              Thanks for understanding.
              Best,
              Zlatko

    1. Zlatko

      Hey there,

      thanks for your feedback. Confirmed, it’s a bug related to a common WP installation and will be solved asap. We expect that updated version of Advanced Search plugin with solved issue will be available from the middle of the next week.

      Thanks for your patience and understanding.

      Sincerely,
      Zlatko

    2. Zlatko

      Hello,
      the bug was solved and we have released v2.0 of Business Finder theme with following improvements:
      – Update: Support for free basic packages
      – Update: Speed optimization for projects with large number of items
      – Update: Header Map loads items asynchronously (prevents server failures and heavy loads)
      – Update: php7 optimization
      – Update: Improved mobile responsive version for better user experience
      Feel free to update your theme too.
      Kind regards,
      Zlatko

  4. Merel

    Hello Zlatko,
    I have some issues with this plugin. After having bought, dowloaded, installed, activated the version 1.1., after having read ALL the documentation re. this plugin, after having got my API Key for Google Places Web Services as recommended, I have still the two issues below :

    – the plugin doesn’t appear in my website. I should see it the Theme Admin Menu and no. I don’t know where is this plugin in my website which is very incomfortable to set up the parameters.

    – As Aritz problem, all maps have disappeared. I have disactivated the 3rd party plugins, nothing change. When I disactivate Advanced Search plugin, maps reappeared.

    I have posted my questions on your support and I hope to receive a better answer than to look in the documentation. I’m quite sure there is a bug in your new version of plugin. Aritz mentionned this also, everything went right with the previous version.
    I bought this plugin around 54 $ … Just hoping that these issues will be solved asap.
    Thanks Zlatko (sorry for my english, I’m not fluent)

    1. Zlatko

      Hello Merel,

      thanks for your message. It’s great you have posted the technical issue directly to our support forum. As mentioned in previous answer – regarding disappeared maps – we’ll fix it as soon as possible.
      We are sorry for any inconveniences due to this.
      Should you have further technical or product-regarding issues, please keep contacting our support forum.

      Thanks for your understanding.
      Kind regards,
      ZLatko

  5. Amar

    Question: I use Directory+. I see that there was a bug reported and that the Business Finder theme was upgraded to address the problem.

    I want to know whether there have been any similar problems with Directory+ – and if so, have they been resolved as well?

    1. Zlatko

      Hello Amar,
      please check the theme updates from February 2017:
      v2.4, 16.2.2017
      —————
      – Fix: Responsive search input fix
      – Fix: Item carousel spacing fix
      – Update: Bundled AIT Updater v5.0

      v2.3, 09.02.2017
      —————-
      – Fix: Horizontal tabs responsive script

      v2.2, 2.2.2017
      —————–
      – Fix: User couldn’t access wordpress login screen via direct link example.com/wp-admin/
      – Update: Bundled same demo content as on our preview website for Directory+

      Hope it will help.
      Best,
      Zlatko

  6. Edvier Cabassa

    I would like to change the predefined text inside the search fields from english to spanis, also I would like to change the button text to spanish, I have been looking to change the text but I can’t. Where I am suppoused to do this?

    Thanks!

    1. Zlatko

      Hello Edvier,
      thanks for purchasing one of our products. You have 2 options how to manage language localization of the theme:
      1) by using AIT Languages plugin: you can have it done in a few steps as the theme supports Spanish language: https://www.ait-themes.club/doc/work-with-languages-options-video-tutorial/
      2) by performing the translation on your own following these instructions: https://www.ait-themes.club/knowledge-base/translate-theme-and-plugins-on-your-own-without-using-ait-languages-plugin/
      Kind regards,
      Zlatko

  7. vs-logistics

    Quick question regarding the theme:
    If my website doesn’t currently have HTTPS, will this plug-in still work just without geolocation?

    1. Zlatko

      Hello,
      thanks for asking. Advanced Search plugin uses the “Default Location” functionality: https://www.ait-themes.club/doc/advanced-search-plugin-options/ for all websites, compatible just with our directory themes.
      Thanks for understanding.
      Best,
      Zlatko

    1. Zlatko

      Hello George,
      all of our products comes with access to support forum and access to product downloads valid for a 1 year. After this period you are free to decide to prolong your subscription for the same price.: https://www.ait-themes.club/full-membership/
      Best regaerds!
      Zlatko

  8. fagner

    I tried but I still have not found the utility of this plugin, if the owner of the site did not register the location it is logical that also will not have any item for that location provided by the plugin, I think the time could have been spent on something more beneficial.

    1. Zlatko

      Hello,
      thanks for your comment. Feel free to check out how does the plugin works – it uses Google addresses, gives ability to search by ZIP code, etc: https://www.ait-themes.club/doc/advanced-search-how-it-works/
      Best regards!
      Zlatko

  9. Saroj

    Hey,
    Is it possible to have 2 categories to filter search results? Instead of the 1 search box, 1 category dropdown and 1 location box that is currently being shown on advanced search plugin?

    1. Zlatko

      Hello Saroj,
      thanks for interesting in directory search plugin. We are sorry, there is no such an option nor feature. For detailed info please have a look at the documentation: https://www.ait-themes.club/documentation/#advanced-search-plugin
      Kind regards!
      Zlatko

  10. Kevin

    Hello. I’m currently running wordpress 4.7.5 with Directory version 3.4. If I were to purchase the latest version of Directory, do I need any special steps to upgrade from my current version?

    1. Zlatko

      Hello Kevin,
      thanks for your message. It looks like that you are using Directory wordpress theme – the one that is not more available for the market thus no more supported … In the meantime we have created and released new Directory2 wordpress theme. Should you be interesting to migrate from your current theme please follow these instructions: https://www.ait-themes.club/knowledge-base/migration-from-old-directory-or-businessfinder-theme/
      Please have a look at the following article as you might find it useful as well: https://www.ait-themes.club/biggest-update-ever-directory-wordpress-theme/
      Kind regards!
      Zlatko

    1. Zlatko

      Hello Janne,
      thanks for asking. We are sorry, we don’t have such a list of websites that would use Advanced Search plugin except the simple showcase gallery: https://www.ait-themes.club/showcase/
      Kind regards!
      Zlatko

  11. Gab

    Would the Advanced Plugin enable me to have custom generated search url like the following:

    currently, if i try to search COMPANIES INTO BRANDING IN ABUJA, i will get something like https://tagnaija.com/?s=companies&category=267&location=405&a=true

    instead of https://tagnaija.com/?s=companies&category=BRANDING&location=ABUJA&a=true

    wILL THE ADVANCED SEARCH PLUGIN FIX THIS?

    1. Zlatko

      Hello Gab,
      thanks for asking. By using AIT Advanced Search plugin you’ll receive the results like: http://websupport.ait-themes.com/directory/?s=new+your+downtown+hospitalo&category=&location-address=&a=true
      Please also note that you can change the layout of search special page in page builder: https://www.ait-themes.club/doc/page-builder/
      Kind regards!
      Zlatko

  12. william becker

    How can I use geolocation as a pre entrance to forward the user to proper language site? Also can the geolocation be used to make a welcome message to the user? For example, Welcome do Sao Paolo – Welcome do Tokyo.
    Is it possible to use the design/layout from event guide to food guide theme? Can I add an event calendar on food guide on the home where it shows event around the user?

    1. Zlatko

      Hello William,
      thanks for asking and interesting in our products.
      We are sorry, there is no such a geolocation functionality as mentioned above. Secondly, you can have similar layout used for Food Guide theme, but please kindly also note that only Event Guide theme with Events Pro plugin offers ability to search for events. Event Calendar as a 3rd party developer’s plugin was not tested, i am not able to ensure about the compatibility. Anyhow:
      Although Full demo admin is not available, you can have any of our products (from http://www.ait-themes.CLUB) at no risk as we offer 10 days of money back guarantee. You can play around with the theme, plugins etc, and once you are interesting to upgrade your membership – no problem, you can do it within 30 days by paying the difference between the prices.
      In addition – all of our products – themes, plugins are kept always compatible with the latest versions of WordPress.
      Thanks for understanding.
      Kind regards!
      Zlatko

    1. Zlatko

      Hello Sam,
      thanks for asking.
      Full demo admin is not available, but you can have any of our products (from http://www.ait-themes.CLUB) at no risk as we offer 10 days of money back guarantee. You can play around with the theme, plugins etc, and once you are interesting to upgrade your membership – no problem, you can do it within 30 days by paying the difference between the prices.
      In addition – all of our products – themes, plugins are kept always compatible with the latest versions of WordPress.
      Best regards!
      Zlatko

  13. Alex

    I use the directory2 theme. i want to search not only locations and entrys but also event pro events. is it possible? i think its possible to modify the search to search in the event pro sql tables?

    1. Zlatko

      Hello Alex,

      thanks for asking. Search for events is not available by default by using Events Pro plugin with Directory+ theme. It requires further theme modification. Anyhow, I’d like to kindly ask you to check our knowledge base and/or documentation with video tutorials:
      https://www.ait-themes.club/documentation/ | https://www.ait-themes.club/knowledgebase
      Or feel free to post technical question directly in our dedicated support ticket system. Please login into your account at https://system.ait-themes.club/support/.
      Our technicians can answer most efficiently even as quick as possible when you decide for priority question (obviously within a few working hours). Customer Support is provided during working days from 8am to 5pm Central European Time.
      Thanks for understanding.
      Sincerely!
      Zlatko

  14. Rajiv Kaushal

    is directory search plugin (https://www.ait-themes.club/wordpress-plugins/advanced-search) capable of searching results for postmeta fields that I am adding by ITEM Extension plugin ?

    1. Zlatko

      Helo,
      thanks for asking. We are sorry, there is no such an option. You can find the detailed description and functionality of the Advanced Search plugin at: https://www.ait-themes.club/documentation/#advanced-search-plugin
      Best regards!
      Zlatko

  15. Rajiv Kaushal

    Is advanced search plugin capable of searching ITEMs based on postmeta added in the database by ITEM Extension plugin (doing search by other than locations and categories fields or with [locations and categories + custom fields added by ITEM extension]). By ITEM Extension plugin I can add custom fields to any of package and those field might be text/checkbox/ or radio buttons. Please confirm

    1. Zlatko

      Hello Rajiv,
      thanks for asking. We are sorry, it is not possible. Search form searches only for the location, category or for the keywords used in the Title, Description or in the Content in the Items custom post type: https://www.ait-themes.club/doc/search-form-element-directory2/
      Thanks for understanding.
      Best regards!
      Zlatko

    1. Zlatko

      Hello Martin,
      thanks for asking. We are sorry, we do not test our products with a 3rd party developers thus i am not able to ensure you about the compatibility. Full demo admin is not available, but you can have any of our products (from http://www.ait-themes.CLUB) at no risk as we offer 10 days of money back guarantee.
      Best regards!
      Zlatko

  16. diallo

    bonjour, je viens d’acheter l’abonnement complet annuel mais j’ais de problèmes avec l’activation des plusieurs plugins sur les thèmes businessfinder+ et directory+ comme ceux-ci ait-advanced-filters-1.18, ait-advanced-search-1.2, ait-claim-listing-2.21, ait-events-pro-1.20, ait-food-menu-1.8, ait-item-extension-1.24, ait-item-reviews-1.37, ait-languages-3.0.22, ait-special-offers-1.13,.. s’il vous plait j’ai besoin de l’assistance

    1. Zlatko

      Hello Diallo,
      thanks for purchasing one of our products.
      I’d like to kindly ask you to check our knowledge base and/or documentation with video tutorials:
      https://www.ait-themes.club/documentation/ | https://www.ait-themes.club/knowledgebase
      Or feel free to post technical question directly in our dedicated support ticket system. Please login into your account at https://system.ait-themes.club/support/.
      Our technicians can answer most efficiently even as quick as possible when you decide for priority question (obviously within a few working hours). Customer Support is provided during working days from 8am to 5pm Central European Time.
      Best!
      Zlatko

  17. Aaron

    Since the address of a business is via Google Maps, does this automatically search say via suburb or maybe perhaps post code, even without configuring the Item Locations categories to match each suburb and city?

    1. Zlatko

      Hello Aaron,
      thanks for asking. We are sorry, there is no such a feature available by default, each item should have assigned the location. You can import them also by using CSV Import Export plugin: https://www.ait-themes.club/wordpress-plugins/csv-import-export , the documentation is available at: https://www.ait-themes.club/documentation/#csv-import-export-plugin
      Best!
      Zlatko

  18. Martin

    Is there possibility that your plugin searches for items that have name with non-english letters (diacritics ) by using only english based letters?
    Lets say I have item with a name like: “piŁka” and I would like your search plugin to find it when I type in “pilka” but also with diacritics piłka or piŁka, etc. ?
    At the moment I can see it does not perform search properly when there is pure english search word “pilka” and item name is “piłka”.

    1. Zlatko

      Hello Martin,
      thanks for asking. Search form searches for the category, location or for the keywords used in Title, Description or in the Content in the Item Custom post type: https://www.ait-themes.club/doc/set-up-your-item-post-directory2/ only.
      Thanks for understanding.
      Kind regards!
      Zlatko

  19. wpsolr

    Hi,

    While integrating with Solr and Elasticsearch geolocation filter, I noticed your radius filter is not active. Even after selecting a location in the select box.

    Do I need to buy and use your https://www.ait-themes.club/wordpress-plugins/advanced-search/ ?

    (I’m building a Directory+ add-on for WPSOLR https://www.wpsolr.com/, for customers with lots of items or needing advanced search features like stemming)

    1. Zlatko

      Hi there,
      thanks for asking. Radius Filter is available for the google maps only, you should enable it in Header Map element: https://www.ait-themes.club/doc/header-map-element/ in Page Builder.
      Should you encounter further issues, I’d like to kindly ask you to check our knowledge base and/or documentation with video tutorials:
      https://www.ait-themes.club/documentation/ | https://www.ait-themes.club/knowledgebase
      Or
      feel free to post technical question directly in our dedicated support ticket system. Please login into your account at https://system.ait-themes.club/support/.
      Our technicians can answer most efficiently even as quick as possible when you decide for priority question (obviously within a few working hours). Customer Support is provided during working days from 8am to 5pm Central European Time.
      If you have bought Ait Themes product on Themeforest you should register on our Club to get support. First of all the purchase code from Themeforest should to be validated in our system. If you have not created Ait Themes Club account yet, please use this form: https://system.ait-themes.club/join/tf

      Thanks for understanding.
      Kind regards!
      Zlatko

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