For as long as I have had a blog, I have recognized the importance of a good search mechanism. But as the library grew bigger and the content became more diverse, it was even more critical. And even with the improvements in the default WordPress search, I still wasn’t happy with them. I needed more control.
Then recently I was helping someone with a few things on their site and they also shared their disappointment in the WordPress search. Of course this wasn’t the first time I had heard this.
Now, in all fairness, I did try a couple of free plugins. But neither really did the job as well as I had wanted. So some time ago, when SearchWP came into play, well, I had the chance to try it out. And I have been hooked ever since.
What you need to remember is you will have your own specific search needs. They may not seem that big, but yet, they are. At times, it can be overwhelming and you don’t think there is a solution. SearchWP has always worked no matter what our needs were as our site morphed over the years.
As you can see, by default, you will get posts, pages and media. Also included on my site are products. You are also able to add any custom fields you have into the mix.
And for each of these, you have several settings including the weight of the content type and the ability to exclude ID’s and taxonomies. As you can see, I have only posts coming up in my search result, and have chosen not to include pages, products or media. That is because I know what my readers are searching for (primarily our blog content). You will also note that I exclude a category, Workshops. In the past, I was doing workshops and often sent out announcements on my blog. Great at the time, but now they just clutter up the search.
You can see the settings you have for pages if you want to include them in the search.
And you will see that for the WooCommerce products, it gives you even more options that will help in product search.
Here you will find some advanced settings. A note of caution: unless you understand exactly what you are doing with these, I would read their documentation before poking around too much.
And Some Useful Extensions
With the plugin comes several useful extensions that are included at no extra cost.
And all licenses include all those extensions.
If you are looking for a powerful search plugin for your WordPress site, you cannot go wrong with this one. I have used it for almost three years and have never been disappointed. So make sure you get your copy today.