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Compatibility with the Avada theme

Avada is the most popular WordPress theme on the market.

All post types are not found

If your Avada search is not showing all post types, attachments or user profiles, the problem is probably in the Avada settings. Avada has settings for search and that includes a list of post types to show in the results. It’s best to just empty out that option. If no post types are chosen in the Avada settings, Avada will leave the control of the post types to Relevanssi, which will then show only those post types you’ve chosen to include.

Fixing excerpts

Avada uses a custom method of displaying excerpts, and that is unfortunately not compatible with Relevanssi. This function will fix the issue from versions 5.6 onwards:

function fusion_get_post_content_excerpt( $limit = 285, $strip_html, $page_id = '' ) {
   global $post;
   return $post->post_excerpt;

It’s simple as this. All you need to do is to add this function to the child theme functions.php file or a custom plugin, and you should have working Relevanssi-generated custom excerpts.

33 comments Compatibility with the Avada theme

  1. hi, unfortunately i still cant make your plugin work with avada? i ha ve deleted the suggested line in search.php and it is still not able to find any results at all.

    any suggestions?


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          1. i doubt it before installing your plugin i was getting search results from post, pages, and custom post type within title and content.
            the only reason i installed relevanssi is because i want the search results to include Custom Field for my custom post type

            thank you,

    1. Hi, nothing wrong with that search.php template. I’d need to see a complete site with the theme, with the ability to edit template and plugin files, to figure out if there’s a solution.

  2. I can confirm that the “did you mean” is broken with with Avada v3.9.2. If there is anything I can do to assist (test, provide details, etc), please let me know.

      1. I have added <?php if (function_exists('relevanssi_didyoumean')) { relevanssi_didyoumean(get_search_query(), "Did you mean: ", "", 5);" to the search.php in the Child Theme. I’ve put it before the have_posts(). It however does appear to do anything.

        I do see search requests being logged at Dashboard > User searches.

        I also excluded some pages from the search and that works too.

        PS off topic: the search hit highlighting doesn’t seem to work either with the avada theme.

          1. Can you send me an e-mail ( so I can provide you with the details required? Or do you provide a different medium to exchanges this?

          2. The Did you mean function works as it should when I try it. If you’re using the free version of Relevanssi, do note that it requires a good amount of logged queries in order to work well. If user logs are not enabled, it doesn’t work at all, and if there are not enough logs, it can’t always suggest good results.

            Premium has a much better Did you mean function that doesn’t require logs and instead uses the database as the source for corrections.

            Search hit highlighting works with the default Avada child theme, no problems. You may want to disable “Strip HTML from Excerpt” option under Blog settings in Avada, but it wasn’t necessary when I tried it, I still got the highlights with no problems.

          3. My website is live now and the amount of logged queries is growing. Now the “did you mean” is indeed working. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

            I simply impelemented the following code in the search.php using the Avada Child theme:

            <?php if (function_exists('relevanssi_didyoumean')) { relevanssi_didyoumean(get_search_query(), "<p>Did you mean: ", "</p>", 5); }?>

            I hope this posts helps others too.

          4. Hi. I use that theme (3.9.1 version). Can you tell me, in what line of search.php i should insert your code? What else should i do to make that search plugin work?

  3. My friends, can you give step by step insruction how to implement search in the newest avada theme.
    I put code from gezonde recepten
    to search.php in avada theme folder. But it broke search completely. What am i doing wrong?

    1. Since the code has the PHP code tags around it, you need to make sure you put it in the right place, outside any PHP code tags. If you put it inside PHP code tags, then yes, it’ll break the whole page.

        1. That would depend on where you want it to appear in your search results template. If you have the same version of Avada as I have, third line of the search results template would probably be fine (inside the #content div, outside the if (have_posts()) conditional).

  4. So my search.php looks like that

    <div id="content" layout->add_class( ‘content_class’ ); ?> layout->add_style( ‘content_style’ ); ?>>

    settings->get( ‘search_new_search_position’ ) == ‘bottom’ ) {

    get_template_part( ‘templates/blog’, ‘layout’ );


    settings->get( ‘search_new_search_position’ ) != ‘hidden’ ) : ?>

    <div class="search-page-search-form search-page-search-form-settings->get( ‘search_new_search_position’ ); ?>”>

    <form class="searchform seach-form" role="search" method="get" action="”>

    <input type="text" value="" name="s" class="s" placeholder="”/>

    settings->get( ‘search_new_search_position’ ) == ‘top’ || Avada()->settings->get( ‘search_new_search_position’ ) == ‘hidden’ ) {

    get_template_part( ‘templates/blog’, ‘layout’ );



    template->title_template( $title );


    settings->get( ‘checklist_circle’ ) ) {

    $circle_class = ‘circle-yes’;

    } else {

    $circle_class = ‘circle-no’;


    wp_nav_menu( array( ‘theme_location’ => ‘404_pages’, ‘depth’ => 1, ‘container’ => false, ‘menu_class’ => ‘error-menu list-icon list-icon-arrow ‘ . $circle_class, ‘echo’ => 1 ) );


    <?php get_footer();

    // Omit closing PHP tag to avoid "Headers already sent" issues.

    How I should change it? Please paste as comment if possible. Thanks in advance.

  5. Hello,

    Is there any update if latest Avada theme actually works out of the box with Relevanssi plugin?
    Many thanks for the reply!


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