WordPress Search Engine: Get Beautiful and Relevant

wordpress-searchMark8t has finally upgraded the WordPress default search on this blog. We had been suffering from bad search with this theme. If you think about it, though, that’s pretty funny for a blog about Search Engine Optimization and Marketing. Truthfully, though, we were focused on content more than anything. And besides, it is well known that WordPress Search isn’t that great on any blog. Just some of the issue include: searches are listed by date and not be relevance, there are no images or native thumbnail support, there is no ability for  suggested searches or spell check and there is a limit of 10 results per page. So how did we fix it? Use of a couple of plug-ins, and some helpful Bloggers. Being that this blog is about learning too, we thought we would share these resources with our users. So if you WordPress search sucks, we recommend highly the following posts:  David’s post on Improving WordPress Search and Joost’s post Make WordPress’ search function suck Less. Don’t forget to get his Search Suggest Plug-in. You should also consider these Plug-Ins: Kenny Katzgrau’s WpSearch,  Scott Yang’s  Search Excerpt WordPress Plug-in and for excerpts with thumbnails, look to Radu Capan’s Plugin Thumbnail for Excerpts.We hope the above list of resources saves you much time in upgrading your WordPress default search. It took a lot of work/reading to finally get our search to a respectable level. But don’t fear, the above articles will make it a lot easier/quicker for you. Trust us, finding the help was harder then implementing it. Good luck!

Adrian Speyer

About The Author: Adrian has over 12 years experience in Digital Marketing and Analytics. He currently works as a Marketing Manager at Vanilla Forums, a modern forum software platform that allows clients to connect and engage their communities and customers. He lives and works in Montreal.

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