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  1. Ryan Hellyer
    Ryan Hellyer December 16, 2014 at 18:05 | | Reply

    In my experience, most situations require some sort of custom solution. For my own purposes, I wrote a plugin which utilises the Bing search engine to fortify the built in WordPress search result ordering and some filtering of pointless results.

    Most of the WordPress plugin solutions unfortunately place too much load on the server to be useful IMO. Apparently Elastic search is a good option, but it’s not a simple plug in fix.

    1. Jean Galea
      Jean Galea December 17, 2014 at 04:35 | | Reply

      We’ve had good results with SearchWP Ryan, haven’t had the server take a hit and there’s quite a bit of content on this site. I’ve heard about Elastic too, WP Engine are working on some new search functionality too but it might be next year till it comes out.

  2. Mikko Saari
    Mikko Saari December 18, 2014 at 08:21 | | Reply

    Thanks for mentioning Relevanssi. Another interesting off-site option is AddSearch: http://www.addsearch.com/

  3. Hmayak
    Hmayak February 2, 2015 at 21:04 | | Reply

    Anther option is to use WP Search: http://wpsear.ch/

  4. MAN WAI HON
    MAN WAI HON April 25, 2016 at 14:47 | | Reply

    Our team has built one and release it on https://wordpress.org/plugins/searchiq/ . It has autocomplete with image, search analytics, cross-domain, customizable search ranking and more. Basically, it does what Swiftype is doing without limitation . On top of that, it is Free. You can also learn more from http://www.searchiq.xyz

  5. Patrice Bourgougnon
    Patrice Bourgougnon June 7, 2016 at 04:13 | | Reply

    Hello Mark,

    wpsolr (https://wordpress.org/plugins/wpsolr-search-engine/) is integrated with Apache Solr.

    It offers the good features of Solr (universal search, scalability, hundreds of parameters to tweak, indexing and search in pdfs, language specific stop-words and synonyms …), and work well with other plugins like WooCommerce or WPML/Polylang.
    Drawback: it can be more difficult to setup than standalone plugins.

  6. Sara Leonard
    Sara Leonard September 2, 2016 at 05:53 | | Reply

    Another great site search plugin to implement search functionality on a WordPress website is searchIQ (www.searchiq.xyz). It is easy to install, highly customizable and free to use. The plugin supports real-time indexing of website pages to deliver fast and accurate search results.

    Key Features: Phrase matching for highly relevant results, Real-time Indexing, Auto-complete results with toggle image option, Custom Fields Search, Synonym aliasing to handle inexact searches, Weight assignment on title, content, category, tags to prioritize the search results, Cross Domain Search functionality, Responsive search results across all devices, Real-time Analytics and View & download Weekly/Monthly reports.

  7. Martguerita
    Martguerita January 22, 2017 at 09:19 | | Reply

    What’s up to all, the contents existing at this site are genuinely remarkable for people experience,
    well, keep up the nice work fellows.

  8. Zesty Lemon
    Zesty Lemon October 21, 2017 at 07:34 | | Reply

    One of our favourite features of Relevanssi is the query log. Switching the query log on allows bloggers to see which queries are the most popular. This is very valuable information to help them optimise everything from their site structure to content strategy.

    Another one is the excerpt displays which shows where the search result occurred. The search words are then highlighted when the visitor reads the entire post. That’s a great user experience and something that could turn those visitors into regular visitors.

  9. Reactive
    Reactive November 18, 2018 at 02:10 | | Reply

    A great post! Very useful information when deciding which plugin is the best to use for WordPress search module according to our needs. I especially like Relevanssi because it’s a free plugin that replaces the default WordPress search module with a better search engine while offering a plethora of features and configurable options. You’ll get more relevant results and a better presentation of results! We’ve written an article about a similar topic and we would love to have your feedback
    https://redq.io/blog/wordpress-advanced-search-plugin

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