In today’s world, everyone is busy and wants to save as much time as possible. If you have added forms to your website which includes the address field, then it must be time-consuming for some of your users to put in their address every time. The best you can do is to activate the autocomplete feature for address fields in our forms.
This feature provides suggestions to the users by looking at the characters they type in the form. It not only save the time of your users but will also leave a more professional image of your website. Here we present you with the complete process of adding autocomplete for address fields in WordPress.
In this process, you need to install and activate the Address Autocomplete Using Google Place API plugin on your site. Log in to your WordPress admin dashboard and head over to the Plugins> Add New page. Here you need to search for the plugin and click on the Install Now button to start the installation process. Once the process completes, you need to click on the activation link to move forward.
Once you have activated the plugin, you need to head back to your admin area and navigate to the Settings> Google Autocomplete page where you need to provide the Google Places API key. If you have not yet created a project, then you need to open the Google Developer Console site and click on the Create A New Project button.
This will open a new page where you need to provide a name for the project and hit the Create Button. Upon creating the project, the Google will take you to the welcome screen where you can search for the API and services. Here search for the Google Places API Web Service and click on the Enable button.
After enabling the API, you need to head back to your Google Developer Console’s dashboard and open the Credentials tab. Here you need to click on the Create Credentials button which will open a new window. Now select the Google Places API Web Service from the Which API Are You Using dropdown menu and hit the What Credentials Do I Need button.
The Google Developer Console will present you with the API key which you need to copy. Now head back to your WordPress admin dashboard and open the Settings> Google Autocomplete page. Here you need to paste the API key in the desired section.
Here you need to look out for the name, CSS, and ID of the address field. All you have to do is copy either the ID or the CSS class value of the field. Now head back to the WordPress admin area and visit the Settings> Google Autocomplete page. Here you need to paste the copied CSS class or the ID in class or ID field respectively. Once you are done with that, you need to click on the Save button to keep all the changes.
You can add this autocomplete feature to as many forms as you like. All you have to do is insert a comma between the CSS class value or the ID and the autocomplete feature will be added in that form.
Where is this Feature Most Helpful?
Most of the people are confused that whether they need this feature or not. The answer to that question is yes for most of the site. It does not matter whether you are using it or not, this feature will surely enhance the usability of your site and will help your users. In addition to that, this feature is most helpful for e-commerce sites where the users need to enter their complete address. However, different sites which require the address of their users for better usability can also make use of this feature.
This was the complete process of adding the autocomplete for address field in WordPress. This method makes use of the Google database for providing suggestions, so rest assured about the suggestions as it will be correct and reliable.