Make WordPress Search Relevant with Relevanssi
While working on a redesign of our WordPress-powered business site, I endeavored to find a way to make WordPress’s search results more relevant and robust.
I’ve never been crazy about WordPress search, often preferring to use Google to search a site, rather than use WordPress built-in search. This goes for WordPress.org too – it’s always much easier for me to find answers in the WordPress Codex using Google searches.
WordPress search is intended for the average blog and it works alright, but when constructing a more fully-featured site, or using WordPress as a CMS, the simple, unweighted, reverse-chronological results that WordPress search provides just don’t cut the mustard.
I tried several different plugins and hacks before finding Relevanssi, a plugin by Mikko Saari, which singlehandedly fixes WordPress search, providing more relevant search results and several options to tailor result presentation.
Since I began using Relevanssi last month, Mikko has been actively developing and improving the plugin with some help from the community, and it’s quickly become one of my top five WordPress plugins. Heck, I’m even using Relevanssi on sewmyheadon.com, if you’d like to give it a try.
Relevanssi is an indispensable WordPress plugin and I encourage anyone using WordPress to try it and support its development. Trust me, you’ll never go back.