Plugin for WordPress

Getting Started

Step by step guide to setup the Search by Algolia plugin for WordPress.


Algolia Search plugin for WordPress is no longer supported. Please use our API client guide instead.
Please note that if you already have the plugin set up and are satisfied with your current integration, you can keep using the plugin forever, knowing that it won’t be supported. It will still work as is, in its current state, on your website.
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Algolia Credentials

When connected to the WordPress admin panel, search for the following Algolia Search entry in the left sidebar, and click on it.

Algolia Search menu entry

You will face the following form asking for your Algolia credentials.

credentials form

If you have no Algolia account yet, you can create one in a few seconds for free over here.

Once you have created your account and you have signed in, access your Algolia API keys by following this link.

API keys

From that screen you will be able to copy/paste the following necessary keys from the Algolia dashboard to your WordPress admin form:

  • Application ID
  • Search-Only API Key
  • Admin API Key
Copy/pasting these keys manually is very error prone, fortunately there is a convenient little copy button at the right side of each key that will make this easy.

Once you have filled in the 3 required keys, click on the Save Changes button at the bottom of the form.

Once you have correctly provided WordPress with your Algolia keys you will now see the Algolia Search menu entry has also expanded:

expanded menu

Autocomplete & Indexing

The easiest way to offer your users a nice find-as-you-type search experience is through our autocomplete feature, which shows a dropdown menu below the search bar.

autocomplete preview

Now, let's head to the Autocomplete submenu. To enable the Autocomplete feature, tick the box above the configuration table:

autocomplete form

Before you can search anything with Algolia, you need to synchronize your data. You should now be facing a list of elements like:

indices form

Please note that if you have already installed third party plugins to your WordPress installation, you might have more entries than in the above screenshot which is perfectly fine.

The Algolia Search plugin uses WordPress core features such as Custom Post Types, Custom Taxonomies or Users to find potential content types to index. Any plugin creating new Post Types or Taxonomies will automatically be listed here an eligible for synchronization with Algolia.

Setting name Description
Enable Make search results for this index available through the autocomplete.
Index The type of data
And the name of the index name in Algolia dashboard
Max. Suggestions The maximum number of suggestions to display for this index. Only the n most relevant search results will be displayed for this index, and the others will be discarded.
Position Determines the display position of suggestions in relation to the other autocomplete enabled indices. The bigger the position, the lower the section will be in the display.

Let's proceed by choosing the indices you want to make searchable on your website, for example Posts, Pages and Users. Simply check the corresponding checkboxes and click on Save Changes.

Green validation messages should confirm that the selected indices are about to be synchronized with Algolia.

indexing validation messages

Click on the Index now button to quickly send your content to Algolia. After that everything will be kept in sync automatically.

Search Page

WordPress has a built-in search engine relying on SQL queries. The problem is that it does not support the features of the Algolia search engine such as typo tolerance, custom ranking, and a lot more that you can check out on the www.algolia.com website.

This plugin lets you override WordPress native search with Algolia.

Replacing the WordPress search feature ensures you get the same results than what you see in the autocomplete feature.

Once you click on the Search Page entry under the Algolia Search menu, you will be given 3 options. If you choose "Use Algolia in the backend" or "Use Algolia with Instantsearch.js", the native search will be replaced by Algolia.

native search form

Use Algolia in the backend

With this option WordPress search will be powered by Algolia behind the scenes.

This option does not support filtering and displaying instant search results but has the advantage to play nicely with any theme.

backend search page

Use Algolia with Instantsearch.js

With this option WordPress search will be powered by the instantsearch.js library. It replaces your search results page with an instant search experience.

Please note that the plugin is shipped with some sensible default styling rules but it could require some CSS adjustments to provide an optimal search experience.

instant search page

From Here On Out

You want to understand more in depth what Algolia is and how you can benefit from it? Please consult our getting started: https://www.algolia.com/doc/guides/getting-started/what-is-algolia/

Struggling with something? Check out the Q&A section.