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AutoComplete with SilverStripe – how to?

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Community Member, 134 Posts

28 December 2010 at 9:40pm

Hi SilverStripe Forums

I have a rather huge site with about 700 pages filled with information about wines from Italy: Italiensk Vinguide

I have a search form on all pages and I've been tracking the keywords typed in by the visitors. This data tells me that many people are doing lot's of spelling mistakes and typos – and this naturally turns into poor search results hence loss of visitors and bad experiences.

A way to solve this would be an autocomplete service and I could e.g. use the jQuery autocomplete plugin for this. Now, how would I accomplish this? And is this the best way to solve such a problem?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.




Community Member, 271 Posts

28 December 2010 at 10:29pm

I use this for a webshop form:


function productajaxsearch(){
		if(isset($this->request) && $term = $this->request->getVar('term')){
			$where = "Title LIKE '%" . (string)$term . "%' OR SubTitle LIKE '%" . (string)$term . "%' OR Content LIKE '%" . (string)$term . "%'";
			if($products = DataObject::get('Product', $where)){
				$return_arr = array();
				foreach($products as $p){
					$array['link'] = $p->Link();
					$array['title'] = $p->Title;
					$array['image'] = '<img src="'.$p->Image()->SetWidth(50)->Link().'" />'; 
				return json_encode($return_arr);

jQuery autocomplete code:

var div = document.getElementById('SearchForm_ProductSearchForm_Search');
	if (div !== null){
		var cache = {};
		$( "#SearchForm_ProductSearchForm_Search" ).autocomplete({
			minLength: 2,
			source: function(request, response) {
				if ( request.term in cache ) {
					response( cache[ request.term ] );
					url: "Page_Controller/productajaxsearch",
					dataType: "json",
					data: request,
					success: function( data ) {
						cache[ request.term ] = data;
						response( data );
		}).data( "autocomplete" )._renderItem = function( ul, item ) {
			return $( "<li></li>" )
				.data( "item.autocomplete", item )
				.append( '<div class="searchitem">' + item.image + '<div class="searchtitle"><a href="''">' + item.title + '</a></div><div class="clear"></div></div>' )
				.appendTo( ul );


Forum Moderator, 435 Posts

30 December 2010 at 10:57pm

Good Tips


Community Member, 134 Posts

30 December 2010 at 11:00pm

Hi Martijn

So many thanks for the hint. This is awesome.

If I do this will it then slower the database? What is your opinion on this?




Community Member, 134 Posts

2 January 2011 at 10:11am

Edited: 03/01/2011 11:47pm


The autocomplete feature is now working at our site:

@Martijn – can you post a link to the webshop, you are talking about? I'm curious to SilverStripe in action as a webshop.