Better Search

Enhance the default WordPress search with contextual results sorted by relevance

Better Search

Features overview

Improve the default WordPress search with more relevant results in minutes

Quick install

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.

Seamless integration

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.

Inbuilt cache

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.

Additional features and benefits

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

Relevance based search results

Search results are automatically sorted by relevance. You can also turn off relevancy based searching, in which case, results are sorted by date

Customisable output

Display author, excerpt or date or change the HTML markup from the default ul and li tags.

Profanity filter

Customise the list of stop words that will automatically be filtered out of search queries


Display the popular search terms in your sidebar or footer. If your theme supports it, then just drag and drop the widget

Admin interface

Better Search allows you to view the popular search terms in a clean tabular format

Fine-tune the results

Change weighting of post title and post content. Turn on BOOLEAN search to override the default NATURAL LANGUAGE search of mySQL

Custom API

Advanced users and developers can take advantage of the easy to use plugin API for custom layouts

Developer friendly

Better Search has tonnes of actions, filters, and smart coding making it a developer-friendly plugin

8,000+ installs and counting

Better Search has been downloaded over 125k times and is used on over 8,000 blogs

And, the 4.5 out of 5 stars rating tells you how much our users love this plugin and here’s some of what they are saying…

Supercharge your WordPress search in minutes

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