Jetpack is a great plugin which I use and recommend. Another version is Slim Jetpack which enables most features except for the ones which need to connect to the WordPress.com servers.
Jetpack have just released a new feature named Omni Search. It basically searches everything on your WordPress installation including posts, pages, comments and plugins.
I tested the new search feature and then compared the results against using Google custom search. Here they are:
Google Custom Search
The first 4 results using Google custom search are highly accurate. Probably could be in a different order however they display results which are all related to the keyword I used.
Only the 4th result was included in the Google results and the 2nd result was related but not included at all in Google’s results. Maybe its about time there was a search engine for WordPress only results. Either that or they have some work to do on the native WordPress search function.
Omni Search Pro’s and Con’s
- Useful for finding content in comments and feedbacks from your visitors contact form submissions.
- Extendable using WordPress’s native Filters API which enables Developers to build custom search into specific plugins.
- Not as accurate for finding content as a custom search box from Google.
- Can’t easily display Omni Search box on the front end.
What do you think about the default search box in WordPress and what’s your best alternative?
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