Improve WordPress Search Function

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WordPress is an amazing content management system but, if you have a large website the built-in WordPress search can fall short.

Below are 2 great plugins that will help you improve WordPress default search function.

1. Facetious

Facetious, allows your visitors to search by Keyword Search, 
Format, Picture Tag, 
Month, & 
Post type.  It also allows you to Restrict the search by Post, 
Page, & 
Media Type.

The new search bar can be added via widget or by a template function.

wordpress search

Below is an example of the search bar added on the theme using  a template function.

wordpress search

2. Relevanssi

By deafult wordpresss serach displays results by date. Relevanssi replaces the default WordpRess search with a partial-match search that sorts results by relevance. It also indexes comments and shortcode content.

Other features include:

  • Highlight search terms in the documents when user clicks through search results
  • Search comments, tags, categories and custom fields
  • Search for phrases with quotes, for example “search phrase”
  • Google-style “Did you mean?” suggestions based on successful user searches.

On the back-end, Relevanssi allows you to assign differnt weight to post titles, comments, tags, & categories. The higher the value, the higher placement in the results page.


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