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Ultimate Search Plugin List for Wordpress

Posted on 10.20.2009

It’s doesn’t seem that anyone really likes the default search feature that ships with WordPress. Not to worry though; once again, WP plugins to the rescue. WM has featured ten powerful, feature-driven plugins which add an entirely new level of functionality to your weblog installation. Did we forget one? Let us know and add your comment below.

Google Custom Search Plugin:
Very popular plugin which replaces all WP search forms and points them to a Google Custom Search. Adds a new search page on a weblog, converts the default search URL to one that is more search engine friendly. All-time downloads for the plugin are over 7,000. Download URL (

Search Everything: A plugin which adds some much needed functionality to the default Wordpress Search. The plugin highlights search terms, searches pages, tags, categories, and comments. All-time downloads for the plugin have topped 160,000. Download URL

Amazon Search: Allows for direct linking to items in your posts using a special tag. Set associate IDs for each international amazon server and set one server as the default. Also includes an Amazon Search widget which will produce search results with direct links to products. All-time downloads for the plugin are just over 2.300. Download URL

Better Search: Aims to improve the visitor search experience by providing contextually relevant search and list results based on relevance. Also tracks searches and allows for the presentation of a “search heatmap” of the most popular queries. All-time downloads for the plugin are over 5,000. Download URL

wpSearch: A very handle blogs search plugin based on the open source search engine Lucene. Requires PHP 5 or higher to run without conflict. All-time downloads for this plugin are just under 3,800. Download URL

Dave’s WordPress Live Search: Similar to the LiveSearch Popup, this plugin adds functionality which allows users to see results before they finish typing their query. There are some limits as it stands – only one search box per page, requires JavaScript to be enabled and the plugin won’t work on PHP 4.x. All-time downloads of the plugin are over 4,000. Download URL

Search Hilite: Highlights the term a user searched for when referred from search engines like Google, Yahoo, or Wordpress own internal search system. All-time downloads for the plugin have topped 5,000. Download URL

Enhanced Search Box: Built with jQuery, the plugin adds provides control over the default search text from the admin panel and clears the default search text when the search box is focused. All-time downloads for the plugin are under 1,000. Download URL

Zanox Product Search: Queries the zanox Web service API for sponsored programs and products based on the search query and displays them within the search result page. Configure the “sales region”, minimum and maximix price, and even how many (and which products) are displayed. All-time downloads of this plugin are just under 300. Download URL

Recent Searches Widget: Show recent search performed by other users in a sidebar widget. New searches top the list and are SEO-friendly and can have the rel=”nofollow” tag added. Available in English, Italian and Polish. All-time downloads are just over 600. Download URL



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