At the beginning of September I wrote an article about the Search Reloaded plugin, which sorts the WordPress search results by relevance rather than date. In addition to Search Reloaded, I also use the Search Excerpt plugin to enhance the search results on this site.
Generally search results pages use WordPress excerpts. Excerpts contain the first couple of sentences of a post. The problem with this as related to search is that the first couple of sentences may have nothing to do with the search term.
The Search Excerpt plugin corrects this problem by providing an excerpt that contains the term searched for, even it if it is from the last sentence of the article. You can test this by searching here on the keyword “reflect”. The search results will show the parts of the article that contains that keyword.
As with Search Reloaded, I recommend searching your blog before and after installing the plugin so you can see the difference in the search excerpts.
If the plugin is not working for you after activating it, make sure that your search results template contains the_excerpt() rather than the_content().
Do you think this enhances WordPress search results? Is this a plugin that you would install? Do you even search WordPress sites?
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