After smartphones became an important part of our lives, voice search has been improving rapidly. Although never perfect, searching something on your smartphones has made things like calling a person a much easier task. Yeah, you still have to be very careful with the pronunciation because you might end up calling someone you don’t want to or your speech to text could end up in something not even close to what you have just spoken. Also, asking Siri silly questions is always fun, right?
It doesn’t matter if you like it or not, many people are using voice search functionality on their phones. So why wouldn’t you allow your visitors to search through your website the same way?
Maybe you didn’t know you can do that with WordPress or you didn’t know how to do it, but now you won’t have an excuse.
Instead of the code, here’s a plugin which will extend your WordPress search.
Before you download and install the plugin, it is important to know that it will work only with Chrome and Safari. If you’re OK with the fact that plugin won’t work in any other browser, it will give your visitors ability to search the content using their own voice.
By installing the plugin, you’re not overriding the text input – if a user wants to use the search box in a standard way by typing into it, you should know that functionality is intact.
Also, the plugin should work with any other search plugin you might have installed so you’re free to try it with plugins like Relevanssi or Search Everything.
- Go to Plugins->Add New
- Search for “Voice Search”
- Install and activate the plugin
That’s it. After activating the plugin, you should be able to use voice search without problems. How do you like this feature?