Wordpress is a classy CMS that is topping the charts for being one of the most used blog CMS’s and as a CMS for many other things such as shopping carts. However, like all CMS they all have extensions, mods and other unique additions to make them better. It seems that Wordpress search is on of the things people want to improve so here are 3 things you can do to make Wordpress search better.
Use Relevanssi Plugin for a Better Search
The Relevanssi plugin serves a purpose for changing the default search results to be sorted by relevance over date, whereas on the normal search function it will sort the results by date. It also has many other features for improving the search so to give you a better insight, here are the key features of this plugin:
Search results sorted in the order of relevance, not by date.
Fuzzy matching: match partial words, if complete words don’t match.
Find documents matching either just one search term (OR query) or require all words to appear (AND query).
Search for phrases with quotes, for example “search phrase”.
Create custom excerpts that show where the hit was made, with the search terms highlighted.
Highlight search terms in the documents when user clicks through search results.
Search comments, tags, categories and custom fields.
Use Google Custom Search
Using Google custom search on your website gives you the power of Google search for your website. This is a service by Google that comes ad supported or for a fee if you want the ads removed. However, if you are a Google Adsense advertiser you may want to keep it ad supported and earn revenue from the searches made on your site.
Use Search Suggest Plugin
When someone searches your site on Wordpress they will be presented with the search results page. However, on this page the search is basically only going to show what posts you have made. Instead of just giving your visitors the search results, this plugin will give them related search queries to help them find what they are looking for and also will help correct any typos made when searching. To find out more check out the Search Suggest homepage on Yoast.
In conclusion, using these solutions will certainly help improve your Wordpress search function and whichever you choose you will certainly have made the best effort towards giving your users something better to search with.