Word Search for WordPress Plugin

With our WordPress plugin you can easily extent your blog with our online word search puzzles.

Major features in this version include:

  • Very easy integration of online word search puzzles, direct playable.
  • The word search puzzles can be inserted everywhere: in your theme files, posts and pages.
  • Twelve different levels from 6×6 upto 17×17, for kids or for cracks.
  • Simply enter a comma separated list of words and a playable online puzzle is ready for your visitors.
  • You can change appearance, size and visible features to fit your site and themes.

How can you install the Word Search for WordPress Plugin?

  • 1. Upload ‘MyPuzzle Word Search’ folder to the ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory or use plugin install page.
  • 2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  • 3. Go to the MyPuzzle Word Search Options page under settings and save your prefered options.
  • 4. Use the Wordsearch code [wordsearch-mp] to insert wordsearch puzzles into your posts/pages.

How can I use the plugin within my wordpress posts?

Use the shortcode in your post according the following examples:

  • [wordsearch-mp]
  • [wordsearch-mp ws_size=300 ws_dimension=8 mywordlist=’MyPuzzle,Wordsearch,Jigsaw,Sudoku,Sliding,Games,Kakuro,Solver’]
  • [wordsearch-mp ws_size=460 ws_dimension=14 mywordlist=’NewYork,London,Dallas’ ws_bgcolor=’#000000′ ws_fontcolor=’#ffffff’]

All Parameter:

  • ws_size, ws_dimension, mywordlist, ws_bgcolor, ws_fontcolor, ws_focuscolor, ws_foundcolor

Where can I get the Plugin? –> Download MyPuzzle Word Search for WordPress

How does it look like?

Hidden Words

39 thoughts on “Word Search for WordPress Plugin

  1. Robin Alter-Haas

    I would like to add the Word Search Plug in to our agency intranet. The puzzle shows up but the letters do not highlight when choosing a word. Am I missing something?
    Thanks.

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      That might be a css issue where I dont overwrite any style. Can you email me a link to a test-page with that issue!?
      Thanks, Tom

      Reply
  2. G7

    Hi,

    Your puzzle seems great, but it would be awesome for visitors to be able to choose a username and have a scorecard from 1st place to 10th place. Then it will make the game more competitive and bringing users back.

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hey,

      good idea in general. However you relate to the word search puzzle!?
      How should the ranking work then? For time been passed by?
      I will definitively put that to my next release feature list.
      But could take some time.

      Thanks!
      Tom

      Reply
  3. Bea

    Looking to use the clever wordsearch on a website but we would use it in the sidebar.
    Is it possible to have the hidden word list UNDER the square to show them?

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hey,

      right now it’s not possible obviously.
      I will put that to my to-do-list for the next version.

      Thanks
      Tom

      Reply
  4. sijo

    MyPuzzle Word Search does not work in IE. The letters are not shown.
    It works fine in other browsers.
    Since this is some puzzles I am preparing for easter, it is not online yet.
    Do you have any idea of what is causing this problem?

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi,
      could you provide me with a link to a test-page on your side?
      I would like to check it. Also, which IE version are you using?
      Thanks, Tom

      Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Matt,
      would love to help. Looks like your wordlist doesnt look like the plugin expects it. It should be a comma separated list of words without any spaces like
      “fish,boad,sea,stars” or something like that. Try to check what you are giving in as parameter for the wordlist.
      You can also send me a link to a test-site and I’ll have a look.
      Let me know whether you get it working.
      Tom

      Reply
      1. Matt

        Well same issue, is this a PHP5 script? the site that I’m installing it on is behind a firewall so i cant create a demo site for you. Its on a older server running PHP4 wordpress 3.1.4 grr..

        Though I did install it on my personal site which is latest everything PHP5 / wordpress 3.5.1 and works fine , Could this be causing the issue?

        Reply
        1. Matt

          Now I’m no jQuery / PHP expert but I can more or less follow code. From what I can see its that the PHP exports the int_grid function properly with values as seen below:
          init_grid('MyPuzzle,Wordsearch,Jigsaw,Sudoku,Sliding,Games,Kakuro,Solver', '8');
          and the values get passed on all the way to...
          load_grid() this is where i get lost...

          ack... never mind, I just followed that url that gets constructed and I get the Notable T_String.. I guessing its the PHP4 on my server causing this grr...

          Reply
          1. admin Post author

            Hi Mat,

            its hard to tell from my position. I cant find something that php4 would make it the problem.
            Sorry that I cant help you here.

            Tom

  5. Jon W

    Hi Tom,

    First off, thank you for these great plugins. I’m having an issue with the wordsearch plugin where two words cross each other. If a user has found a word, then the letters are now blacked out and they can not see the letters underneath which are often parts of another word.

    Is there a way of setting the ‘discovered’ words to have a semi-transparent cover on them instead of a solid block of colour?

    Many thanks,

    Jon.

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jon,
      still struggle a little with the css here. Do you have a link for me where I can see the effect?
      In general I provided the Plugin option “Found Word Color” in the plugin settings dialog. Have you tried that out?
      It should have just another color than your background color for the words found to be shown.
      Let me know whether you get that working.
      Tom

      Reply
  6. Alison

    Hi,
    This looks like a great puzzle. Can you confirm that it is not meant to work on iPad? I can highlight individual letters on the iPad but I can’t highlight the whole word.
    Thanks!

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi, yes its not yet developed for an ipad. Still have none.
      As soon as I find a sponsor for a tablet I might work on that ;-)
      Tom

      Reply
  7. Mario

    I’d like to use your sudoku puzzle for language instruction. The problem I am having is that the wordlist, instead of being to the right of the grid as in your example, is left-justified and it overwrites some of the grid as well as some other elements on the page. I’ve experimented with the DIMENSION and SIZE parameters, but cannot find a combination that works. Actually, I would like to be able to hide the word list altogether. Can this be done?

    Thank you

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi,
      you probably refering not the sudoku plugin but the wordsearch. I just released a new update 1.2.1 for wordpress.
      Here the given width should be used accordingly and you also can change the wordlist to be left or just hidden.
      Let me know whether that works.
      Tom

      Reply
  8. Dean-o

    Love the word search, but with all the parents and kids we are testing with, none of them like the game because the gray background letters don’t get marked over as “found” like the white background letters. It’s very confusing. Can I adjust this?

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi, why is that? Where you not able to configure the colors in the options dialog to work for you?
      You have a page where I can look on it?
      tom

      Reply
  9. Dean-o

    Still awaiting comment back. Individual letters can be highlighted but not the whole word. The rows of letters alternate between white circles and light gray circles, and the gray circles won’t show a highlight. It’s confusing for users as they want to see the entire word highlighted.

    Reply
  10. Murray

    Awesome puzzle – but it would be nice to have a Restart link, like on your other puzzles – so that it can be refreshed after completion without having to refresh the whole page. Thanks for having these puzzles available – they awesome for kids.

    Reply
  11. Sue

    Is it possible to change the graphic that comes up when you finish the word search? I would like to change it but can not find the file. I looked in the plug in folder but can’t find it.

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi, what do you want to change it to? Its a popup script that will bee fired by the javascript file “js/wordsearch-plugin.js” and shows the text defined on line 275.
      Tom

      Reply
  12. Karen

    Can’t seem to get your word search plug in to play nice on my site. The letters and the spacing have always been too big. In the past, I’ve firebugged it, and been able to tweak the code to get it to work nicely, but after the last update, none of the firebugged changes to the CSS seem to work any more, so I’ve taken them back out.

    I’ve cloned the games page and shut off the word search on the original, but here’s the link to the cloned page, with the word search moved to the top so you can see what it’s doing. Can you tell me how to fix this? The fonts and padding are just too BIG.

    http://theplea.happy-hybrid.com/test-fun-and-games-test/

    If I have to leave it off the site I will, but it’s my favorite puzzle after the memory game, so thought I’d ask before I gave up on it.

    Thanks!

    Reply
  13. Fran Lafferty

    Hi there! This looks like a great plugin, and I’d love to use it, but it is just not working with my WP Theme (Travel Blogger).
    The letter spaces are oblong, not circular.
    The word list is below the puzzle & overlapping it.
    The entire puzzle overlaps the rest of the post — the share buttons, comment form, etc.

    I have tried changing the parameters.
    I have enclosed the shortcode within a blockquote.
    I have added several   spaces below the shortcode.

    Here is the URL: http://printablespanish.com/search-word/

    and here is the exact post, in its entirety:
    ———————-

    [wordsearch-mp ws_size=250 mywordlist=’Pablo,Elena,Arturo,Felipe,Josefina,Marta,Jorge,Claudia’]

     

     

     
    ———————–
    I do not know how the above will render on your blog… perhaps the puzzle will show up, heehee!
    Anyways, any help you can give would be great — Kudos to you on a nice set of fun plugins! :D

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Fran,
      yes, that looks definitively awkward!
      First you need to change the apostrophes from
      [wordsearch-mp ws_size=250 mywordlist=’Pablo,Elena,Arturo,Felipe,Josefina,Marta,Jorge,Claudia’] to
      [wordsearch-mp ws_size=250 mywordlist='Pablo,Elena,Arturo,Felipe,Josefina,Marta,Jorge,Claudia']

      Then I suggest you try the new version that better aligns the wordlist with the grid from left or right side.
      http://wordpress.org/plugins/mypuzzle-word-search/

      Besides from that I’m afraid and almost sure that the overlay will still occour and relate to the template footer and my dynamic ajax-grid.
      I will check whether I can find out more about that.

      Thanks for your feedback
      Tom

      Reply
  14. Karen

    Posted this last week, and it seems to have disappeared. Really LOVE the word search puzzle, when I can get it to display properly on my site. Just confirmed again that it’s displaying incorrectly in Firefox, Opera, Safari, and Chrome. In case it was a theme incompatibility, also changed it over to the default wordpress theme, and it still doesn’t display properly.

    Could you please take a look and see why the puzzle is blowing out to nearly full screen, with huge letters, and forcing the word list into the Memory puzzle right below it?

    Took it off the main site, but set it up as the test page below. Unfortunately even though it’s not menu’d people are still managing to find it, so need to delete it soon.

    http://theplea.happy-hybrid.com/test-fun-and-games-test/

    Thank you!

    ~ Karen ~

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Karen,
      sry just back from holiday.
      Right now I dont have the font-size and spacing as parameters. I just calculate the table cells based on amount of dimensions and grid-size and give them no spacing or padding.
      But I set the font size to be just half of the TD-size. So that is maybe what you see as spacing?

      What I just did is a new version 1.2.1 for wordpress that enables you to hide the wordlist or put it to the left side.
      Also you should now be able to just choose the width and that will be the max-size including wordlist.

      Regarding the css styles. For me it would be easiest right now to maybe add one or two additional parameters to let you decide.
      Which parameter would that be? Grid-Font-Size? in Percent ?

      Let me know whether the new version brings any improvements.

      Thanks
      Tom

      Reply
  15. Jane

    new version updated.
    Shortcode fails in sidebar widget and single page for.
    No execution of completed puzzle – ie does not give “message”
    No “new puzzle” function – ie text does not clear puzzle.

    Is there any intent to make this great puzzle work in a mobile setting – ie still does not work without a mouse..

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jane,

      maybe I messed something up with the completed dialog. Will check that.
      Right now I have no time to create a mobile version. However looking foreward to do that some time.

      Tom

      Reply
  16. Tali Walt

    Is it possible to create a word search using a foreign alphabet? If not, would you consider implementing such a feature (for hebrew please!)

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tali,
      just updated the wordpress plugin to version 1.3. It now has UTF8 support.
      Could you please try if that works for hebrew two? Please let me know!
      Thanks, Tom

      Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi, do you talk about the Wordsearch Plugin? Do you mean 12 different words?
      If you add many words to the wordlist, make sure the grid is large enough.
      Tom

      Reply
  17. caren

    dear publisher I want to make a word-search puzzle in Armenian(but I couldn’t) :( If you support for UTF-8 it could be. Could you update this plugin for wordpress? thank you

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      hey, thats a good idea! So I just updated the wordpress version for the plugin to support UTF8.
      Please give the new version 1.3 a try and feedback to me if it works.
      Thanks, Tom

      Reply

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