Search In Place Plugin Smart WordPress Search
Search In Place, a newly released plugin for WordPress (self hosted) blogs “Ajaxifies” the standard WordPress search. Start typing a search term – more than 3 characters) and the plugin starts looking for results that get displayed in a drop-down list.
The plugin description on WordPress.org informs users:
Search in Place improves blog search by displaying query results in real-time. Search in place displays a list with results dynamically as you enter the search criteria.
Search in Place groups search results by their type, labeling them as post, page, or attachment, and highlights the searched terms.
As can be seen from the screen capture image on the right, starting to type a search term (e.g. plugin) results in a list of matching results appearing while you type. I found this plugin today mentioned in the “Newest Plugins” in one of my WordPress sites dashboards. So it was installed and tested; and kept.
Nice features include grouping the results by content type e.g. Page/Post, and the featured image thumbnails showing up in the list.
Step by step WordPress Website
A new website launched today – Graphicline on WordPress with a mission to provide small and medium business entrepreneurs with information about the modern technology available for their business.
SME Technology is a self hosted WordPress CMS site. Logically, the first series of information published will be a step by step instructional e-book about building the website. Interested viewers can follow the series as each step gets completed and published.
The series is aimed at business entrepreneurs with little or no knowledge about the technologies of web systems. If I am able to realise my goal, nearly anyone who is computer literate will be able to build a website for their business (or personal use). WordPress was selected for several reasons;
- It is a powerful CMS that can grow with the website.
- It is easy to use once set-up
- The set-up process and maintenance of the system is also easy.
- It is sufficiently versatile.
- It is free Open Source software.
- Entrepreneurs can try it out for themselves before making a costly decision, courtesy of WordPress.com
I did not want to cover a more basic way of building a site. The point and click systems may be very easy to use, but are limited in scope. I believe the best approach is to start with something that can adapt to changing needs; converting a site from a more basic installation to a full featured CMS is both time consuming and expensive. The other top end applications like Joomla are too complex for a first-timer, and Drupal requires a high level of technical ability.
One of the goals for the site is providing information about top quality affordable business technology. Bearing our goal in mind, emphasis will be on Open Source software as far as possible. A future series will cover a premium grade ERP solution – OpenERP, a system that impressed me and is deployed within Graphicline. This is for the future however.
SME Technology fits in between this blog (written for a general audience) and the information content available on graphicline.co.za (intended for customers, and more technical readers).