Occasionally I get asked if it is possible not to show any entries until a search is performed by a user when using one of the premium templates that support search. This is possible and can be enabled by installing a free extension for Connections. Here are the download link and the installation and configuration instructions:
- Install this extension as you would any other WordPress plugin. Here’s a link to the general installation instructions for an extension.
- After you install and activate this plugin, navigate to the Connections Settings admin page.
- Click the Search tab and scroll to the bottom.
- Enable the “Suppress Results” option and save the settings.
No entries will be displayed until the user either filters by category or performs a keyword search.
Disclaimer: This is not supported, nor has it been thoroughly tested, so your results may vary.