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Recent Searches Widget


This plugin shows recent searches in a sidebar widget. You can use this to tell your visitors what others are searching for. You can also use it to increase your site (i.e. number of pages indexed by Search Engines).

New searches are added to the beginning of the list. If search query is already on the list, it is moved to the beginning.

All links are SEO-friendly (usually

You can add rel="nofollow" to links if you want. If you want to make sure search results will not be indexed, please install Meta SEO Pack plugin – it can do it for you.

Available translations:

  • English
  • Polish (pl_PL) – done by me
  • Italian (it_IT) – thanks Gianni
  • Belorussian (be_BY) – thanks FatCow
  • Dutch (nl_NL) – thanks Rene



  1. Upload recent-searches-widget directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Add Recent Searches widget to your Sidebar, configure and enjoy 🙂


How to insert widget anywhere in my theme?

Starting from version 1.1 it is possible to insert special theme tag to insert Recent Searches Widget anywhere in your theme. To do this, use new rsw_show_recent_searches() tag. By default it shows list of last searches using bullet list, like in sidebar. If you want to change this, you can pass up to three parameters when you call rsw_show_recent_searches(). They will be used to display HTML code at beginning of the list, at end of it, and between list elements. Default use (without parameters) is equivalent for following call:

rsw_show_recent_searches( "<ul>\n<li>", "</li>\n</ul>", "</li>\n<li>" );

If you want to use numbered list, you can use this:

rsw_show_recent_searches( "<ol>\n<li>", "</li>\n</ol>" );

When you want to put all items in one line and separate them by commas, please use following call:

rsw_show_recent_searches( "", "", ", " );

Contributors & Developers

“Recent Searches Widget” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Fix: slashes in SEO-friendly search links should be double-encoded;
  • Added Dutch translation (thanks Rene)


  • Added Belorussian translation (thanks FatCow)


  • Marked as compatible with WP 2.9.x


  • Added Italian translation (thanks Gianni)


  • Fix for corrupted config bug;
  • Added theme tag rsw_show_recent_searches();
  • Marked as compatible with WP 2.8.5


  • Added Polish translation


  • Initial version