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search improvements over default search

 1:27 pm on Nov 13, 2012 (gmt 0)

Seems that the search within Wordpress isn't anything to shout about.

I need to improve the search engine within Wordpress to handle more than one term.

For instance, when searching for "red", it returns all posts with "red" in the content.
When searching for "red blue", I need it to return all posts and pages that contain "red" and/or "blue", rather than none at all unless they contain the exact phrase "red blue".

The other thing, is that I believe it doesn't recognise plugin content that are put in via [shortcodes] within pages and posts, or any extra stuff on top of pages and posts, like shops and the like.

Is there anything out there that can help me achieve this? I have a couple of sites in development that depend on search as a large part, and the default search function just doesn't cut it.

Any help would be appreciated.



 1:44 am on Nov 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

I use a Google CSE where search is really important.


 10:36 am on Nov 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

Google is not an option for this, unfortunately.


 2:32 pm on Nov 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

Look into using FDSE. I haven't looked at it in sometime but I recall it had great control over the crawl, indexing, and retrieval of data.


 5:09 pm on Nov 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

FDSE looks rather interesting. Could be useful for one site, but not sure, as it has extra code in replace of the Wordpress search results.

The other site though, probably not. Its got a premium theme on for a certain type site, which has an advanced search in, which is built into the theme. I'm trying to work out whether this is a separate search to the Wordpress search, or its based around it. I have a feeling its based around the Wordpress search.

I would rather have a plugin or something that improves on top of the Wordpress search, rather than replacing it altogether.

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