This has nothing do with games, so if you don’t have a WordPress blog, skip on. If you do have a WordPress blog, there’s something I want to tell you.
The default WordPress search sucks. It has very simple matching and always returns results in date order, most recent first. In small blogs this might be fine, but in the long run simply doesn’t work. Fortunately there’s a solution.
I was happy with a plugin called wpSearch for a long time, but eventually found it lacking – it couldn’t keep up with the blog. So I did my own search engine, and thus was born Relevanssi. After all, I’m a trained professional with an appropriate university degree!
Relevanssi does partial matching (like Google) and sorts order by relevancy (like Google). It can also make suggestions of better search terms (like Google). It also shows the relevant part of the post (like Google), with the search terms highlighted (like Google). It also searches posts, pages, comments, categories, custom fields and all sorts of data basic WordPress search ignores.
All in all, it’s a pretty amazing little search engine plugin. What’s best, it’s free and easy to use, yet it has lots of useful options to tune the search results to your liking if you’re so inclined.
Just search for “Relevanssi” in your WordPress admin dashboard’s “Add Plugin” tool and you too can offer top-quality search results to your users. The plugin is currently very actively maintained and new features are added constantly. If you have something useful in mind, drop me an email and I can see if it’s something that could be added to Relevanssi.