Enhance the default WordPress search with contextual results sorted by relevance
Improve the default WordPress search with more relevant results in minutes
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.
Better Search allows you find posts by searching excerpts, categories, tags, custom taxonomies, meta fields, authors and comments
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
Better_Search_Query allows you to build a custom template to display the search results
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
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
Advanced users and developers can take advantage of the easy to use plugin API for custom layouts
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 170k times and is used on over 8,000 blogs
And, the 4.4 out of 5 stars rating tells you how much our users love this plugin and here’s some of what they are saying…