Instagram Search and Explore Update is Now Inside Your Favorite App

What’s better than having your favorite sites synch together? Having Instagram include a powerful search engine! All the Explorer pages will give you super Trending Tags, Places, and much more capabilities. You can now have that search power that lets you find places and people in one place.

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If you live in a certain area, you can now look up location searches and link to your favorite hot spots. Go ahead and use the location search

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So you’re sick of roaming the same places every week or weekend? Thinking about exploring some new places? Now you can check it out before you visit or book your next trip. In the past, when looking for specific topics, users were pointed to hashtags or people. This was a very limited way to explore Instagram. Now we’ll have an option to check for places as well, so the result will come up in all those categories too.

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Remember the big mess that would appear on your Search page? Yeah, not sure whose scrambled eggs those were! You probably stared at the screen and thought, why so many husky puppies! ( we LOVE puppies, no complains here). The search results appeared irrelevant. Then you would wonder: is #lovequote trending right now?

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Previously, only content with the most Likes occurred on Explore tab. Last spring, Instagram begun to integrate personalized content, that included photos and videos “people you follow have liked”. This was the beginning of the new search capabilities.

With Instagram 7.0 update we get new ‘trending hashtags” hub:

insta3The great thing about Insta 7.O is the ability to relate searches. See something similar? Now you can link to more posts of interest. You’ve probably seen this capability in Twitter as well. This is where Instargam meets Twitter “trending” section. Does it mean the Instagram team is the very first destination for users to be able to check the latest news and information?

Instagram also added new curated collections that will be updated with new accounts and places – from beautiful architecture to musicians and athletes.

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The content will always be fresh and new with the new Instagram 7.0 update. It is capable of shooting and sharing using different options. Recall now that Instagram’s cofounder, Mike Krieger said: “There’s a lot more we need to do to make news discoverable, to make what’s going on in the world accessible”. They’ve stepped up their game and done a whole lot more for Instagram. The future looks bright.

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You can download Instagram 7.0 in the App Store or Google Play today.

WordPress 3 custom search

Sometimes there is a need to limit WordPress search to one category. WordPress uses searchform.php template, if your theme doesn’t have this template – generic search form is pulled from WordPress core. In this case you need to create searchform.php file in your theme and insert following

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<div class="customsearch>
     <form method="get" id="searchform" action="<?php bloginfo('home'); ?>/">
           <div class="searchinput>
                  <input type="text" value="<?php echo wp_specialchars($s, 1); ?>" name="s" id="s" />
                      <?php if ( is_page('22') || in_category('19') || post_is_in_descendant_category( get_term_by( 'name','video','category' ) ) ) { ?>
                 <input type="hidden" name="cat" value="19" />
                     <?php } else {} ?>
                  <input type="submit" id="searchsubmit" value="Search" />
            </div><!--endsearchinput-->
     </form>
</div><!--end customsearch-->

In this case we have page (ID=22) which displays parent category “video” with ID 19, and we need to search only this category and all child categories. Just replace IDs.