Installing the plugin is extremely simple. Search for Better Search in your Plugins » Add New screen and hit Install Now. The plugin will automatically replace the inbuilt WordPress search to return relevant results rather than results sorted by date.
Better Search will cleanly integrate with your WordPress theme. And, if you’re looking for more customisation, you can disable seamless integration and create your own template.
Better Search comes with its own cache to reduce those precious database calls
This means that installing this plugin will not slow your site down. Just turn the cache ON under General Options on the plugin settings page.
Fully customisable and extendable
If you prefer more control over where the plugin appears on your site, then we have you covered.
Display the popular search terms anywhere within your post or page content with a simple shortcode with its own set of arguments
Custom CSS styles
You can easily change the display of the search results by using your own custom styles
Display the popular search terms in your sidebar or footer. If your theme supports it, then just drag and drop the widget
Advanced users and developers can take advantage of the plugin API to easily extend the functionality.
Better Search is currently being used on 8,000+ WordPress blogs
And, the 4+ out of 5 stars rating tells you how much our users love this plugin and here’s some of what they are saying…
Thank you for this amazing plugin. Before it, search results were a big zero. After trying different plugins without success, at last this plugin is a blessing. Not only it finds everything in almost no time, but it intergrates with my theme and gives a very beautiful page of results.
Out of the box, this plugin worked fine but the search page didn’t quite fit with my theme. I disabled the “seamless integration” and started fiddling around with the options to get better results, hide featured images, and fix the search results display. That last was the trickiest and required a search of the support forum followed by some experimentation. Fortunately there’s a custom CSS box in the configuration settings, so I kept playing until I got what I needed.
This is a terrific plugin. I was having a very hard time with WP default search engine getting relevant results for phrase searches like “%find this phrase%”. I did a lot of PHP tweaks to test various solutions out. Then I purchased and tested out some so-called premium plugins that took hours to configure and still the results were only marginally better. To my complete surprise, in less than 5 minutes after installation Better Search was returning those elusive phrase matches with outstanding priority. The developer should charge for this plugin, it deserves to be a paid plugin. Instead, he only accepts donations right now. Naturally I was more than happy to donate and support his efforts.
I spent some time searching for an improved search facility. This works well without any complicated setup required.
Support is really good and timely.