9 Best WordPress Plugins To Improve Search On Your Website

Do you have a WordPress website and want to improve your search functionality? We all know how feature-rich WordPress is out of the box, but as with any core platform the default search feature may not suffice for more advanced requirements. Fortunately, WordPress offers several plugins that can improve the default search experience. In today’s article, we will discuss the top 9 best WordPress plugins to improve search on your website.

9 Best WordPress Plugins To Improve Search


1. SearchWP

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SearchWP is a popular plugin for WordPress. It’s simple to set up, use and provides more accurate search results than the default search feature.

SearchWP allows users to search for keywords in a page or blog title, content, slug, categories, etc.

Once you install SearchWP, the plugin does all the work for you. It automatically replaces the default search and indexes the content on your entire website.

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2. Ajax Taxonomy Filters

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Adding a taxonomy filter to your search can help users narrow down results. Ajax WP Query Search Filter allows you to create customized WordPress search forms with checkboxes for post types, taxonomies and custom fields.

Ajax WP Query Search Filteruses Ajax to load results, so it loads fast and provides a better user experience.

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3. WP Google Search

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Love it or hate it, Google is the emperor of search. In fact, over 82% of all searches on the web use Google. This power can be leveraged by adding the WP Google search plugin for your WordPress website.

Google does allow for some customization of the widget, but you will not be able to remove the Google logo. Normally, we try to stay away from allowing third parties to place their brands on a website. However, Google has become so ubiquitous that it probably won’t matter to visitors and they may actually take comfort in its familiarity.

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4. Category Wise Search

WordPress Plugins To Improve Search

Category Wise Search is a WordPress plugin that allows you to add a category drop down menu in your search field. You can customize it by excluding categories.

Category Wise Search is a simple plugin that serves a simple task.

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5. Highlight Search Terms

WordPress Plugins To Improve Search

Adding a highlight for keyword search terms can be helpful in improving search results.

The Highlight Search Terms plugin for WordPress is very lightweight and can be easily integrated into the default search, but does not allow for any customization.

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6. Ivory Search

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Ivory Search is a search plugin for WordPress. It’s simple to use and provides advanced search features to your default WordPress search.

With Ivory Search, you can create search forms to perform different types of searches of your website’s content.

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7. Simply Exclude

WordPress Plugins To Improve Search

Simply Exclude is a WordPress plugin that allows you to to determine which content you would like to display on search results based on selected criteria.

As you can see in the screen shot above, examples include archives, feeds, front/home page and searches.

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8. Advanced Woo Search

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For those of you that run WooCommerce on your WordPress website, Advanced Woo Search is powerful search plugin for WooCommerce.

Advanced Woo Search allows site users to search across all your WooCommerce products by product title, content, excerpt, categories, tags, ID and SKU.

The search results page for Advanced Woo Commerce will be seamlessly integrated to your current page layout.

Advanced Woo Search is available as a free or premium WordPress plugin.

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9. Universal Voice Search

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The Universal Voice Search plugin for WordPress adds voice search to every page of your website. After the plugin is installed a microphone symbol is added to the search bar allowing site users to dictate their search rather than typing it. This is a particularly useful tool on mobile devices.

Universal Voice Search is supported in over 130 languages.

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WordPress is a powerful tool for organizations that are looking for advanced search features on their websites. The sheer volume of WordPress plugins for search features provides feature-rich enhancements to any WordPress website.

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