Live Filter

I. Why Live Filter?

Live Filter was built to help your visitors to find what they want quickly and easily.

Click here to see the demo of Live Filter.

Content Views Pro already has the Shuffle Filter feature, which provides a nice animation to filtering WordPress posts by category, tag or custom taxonomy. You can find the demo of Shuffle Filter here.

But Shuffle filter also has disadvantages: it doesn’t support numbered pagination, it can’t show WordPress custom fields as filter options, it can’t show sort options. That is why we’ve built a new filter called “Live Filter”, which offers another powerful filtering & sorting functionality to your WordPress site, to help your visitors to find what they want quickly.

The main differences between Shuffle Filter and Live Filter:

  Live Filter Shuffle Filter
Work in the taxonomy archives page (category, tag, custom taxonomy), search results page, etc. Yes No
Pagination support (Ajax) Numbered pagination (Ajax) Load more
(Ajax) Infinite scrolling
Modify & process URL parameters Yes No
Show custom field as filter Yes No
Show sorting options Yes No
Use animation when showing/hiding results No Yes

With Live Filter, you can show filters as:

  • Checkbox
  • Dropdown
  • Radio button
  • Buttons group
  • Range slider (*)
  • Date range (*)
  • Text search

(*): These options are only available when showing custom field as filter.

II. How to use?

This feature is released publicly in version 4.8.0 on 05th October 2017. You should see the update notice in your Plugins page. If not, you might check the update issue and solution here.

After installing, it is ready to use. Please create new View to start.

1. Show taxonomy (category, tag…) as filters

In Filter Settings tab, select Taxonomy (Categories, Tags...) in Advance group, then select the taxonomy you want to show. After that, select the Show as filters to visitors checkbox:

Notice: In each View, you can show 1 filter for each taxonomy. For example, you can show 1 filter for Category taxonomy, 1 filter for Tag taxonomy and so on.

2. Show custom field values as filters

In Filter Settings tab, select Custom Fields in Advance group, then click Add New button. New field will be added, just select name of the custom field, value type, then select Show as filters to visitors:

Live Filter - custom field

There are extra settings depend on the Type option which help you to customize the filter output.

3. Show text search field

In Filter Settings tab, select Keyword in Advance group, then select Show search field to visitors:

Faceted search - search box

4. Show custom field as sort options

In Filter Settings tab, select Sort by in Advance group, then click Add New button in Custom Fields group. New field will be added, just select name of the custom field, value type, then select Show as sort option to visitors:

Live Filter - sort custom field
(show both ascending and descending options of a custom field)

5. Show options to sort by Title, Date

Besides showing custom fields as sort options, you can show common options too:

  • Date (Oldest)
  • Date (Newest)
  • Title (A – Z)
  • Title (Z – A)
  • Comments count (asc)
  • Comments count (desc)

That helps your visitors to sort content themselves by title, date, comments count.

Content Views Pro - live filter sort by title, date, so on

These options are selectable, and their text are changeable.

6. Put the filters to the left (or right) of the results

Please check this document (click here).


We love to hear your questions and feedbacks. Please contact us here.

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