CloudSearch is a flexible plugin that allows you to leverage the search index power of Amazon CloudSearch in your WordPress site.
To use this plugin you’ll need an Amazon Web Services account. Attention: Amazon CloudSearch is a paid service and will require a credit card.

Before you can start using CloudSearch, the plugin needs to be activated and configured. Activate the plugin, then go to the menu “CloudSearch -> Settings” (you can find this menu in the sidebar of your WordPress admin panel).
Fill the form data:

  • Enter Amazon access key ID, Amazon secret access key and Amazon region for your account (look for “Security Credentials” in your Amazon console to retrieve these data)
  • Enter your CloudSearch index search endpoint and the domain name (I suggest to create the CloudSearch index before you start the plugin configuration)
  • Schema settings
  • Other settings

Minimum requirements:

  • WordPress Version 4.0
  • PHP Version 5.3
  • Amazon Web Services account with CloudSearch enabled


  1. Go to CloudSearch -> Settings
  2. Enter your Amazon access key ID, Secret access key and the Amazon region where you have created the CloudSearch index
  3. Enter a Search endpoint and the Domain name. Get these info in your CloudSearch dashboard in AWS Console
  4. Choose post types, custom fields and custom taxonomies that you want to export to the CloudSearch index
  5. Set up other settings or leave defaults
  6. Save settings.
  7. Go to CloudSearch -> Manage
  8. Click the action Create index, Run indexing and Sync all documents. Between every action wait until the Status field is Active, then go on with the next task
  9. After these operation your index is ready, now you can search documents in your CloudSearch index

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  • Settings page
  • Manage page
  • Front page
  • Other settings (results and highlighting)
  • Other settings (suggestions)


  1. Unzip the downloaded cloud-search zip file
  2. Upload the cloud-search folder and its contents into the wp-content/plugins/ directory of your WordPress installation
  3. Activate cloud-search from Plugins page


Installation Instructions
  1. Unzip the downloaded cloud-search zip file
  2. Upload the cloud-search folder and its contents into the wp-content/plugins/ directory of your WordPress installation
  3. Activate cloud-search from Plugins page
How much does the plugin cost?

There is no charge for the plugin. The only charges you incur are for usage of Amazon CloudSearch.

Works on multisite?

Yes, for every site you have a specific configuration but you cannot search documents between different sites with defaults configuration. You need to customize search scripts.

Does the plugin support multi languages?

The plugin does not work with other languages plugins. However, there is a alternative and simple way to work with other languages. An explanation could be found in the plugin help page.

Which post types and fields are indexed by default? How do I modify indexed schema?

By default, only posts and standard fields are indexed. To modify this, in the admin “Setting” section you can add other post types, fields and taxonomies (also custom objects).

Supports facets?

Yes, you can use API for retrieve facet information.


The best Search plugin for Amazon Cloudsearch

If you use WordPress and are hosted on Amazon and need the best search functionality there is, look no further than this plugin. It rocks.

I have tried it all, the internal WordPress search (which is a joke for a serious blog), Relevanssi (great but still uses a lot of resources) and ended up with this plugin. It is easy to configure and uses the power of Amazon to present quick search results to the visitor.

Keep on rockin’ Andrea. And thanks for implementing our ideas/requests for search suggestions and your quick replies on our questions.

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Contributors & Developers

“CloudSearch” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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1.5.2 – 2017-10-04

  • Fixed search query bugs

1.5.1 – 2017-08-29

  • Fixed minor notices

1.5.0 – 2017-07-11

  • Added update documents action on admin manage section

1.4.2 – 2017-05-12

  • Fixed bad connection test behavior

1.4.1 – 2017-04-20

  • Added private fields selection support

1.4.0 – 2017-04-20

  • Added facet support

1.3.3 – 2017-04-12

  • Added hide menu sections functionality

1.3.2 – 2017-04-03

  • Added exclude pages/posts support, removed notices, moved Amazon access keys in wp-config.php

1.3.1 – 2017-03-14

  • Added screen readers support

1.3.0 – 2017-02-20

  • Added sort on multiple fields functionality

1.2.6 – 2017-02-08

  • Added site/blog info override functionality

1.2.5 – 2017-02-05

  • Removed auto-focus from suggest jquery
  • Fixed bad search query creation
  • Added addcslashes for text highlighting
  • Added preserve text functionality on search index documents method

1.2.4 – 2017-01-28

  • Reviewed auto suggest introducing search titles filter

1.2.3 – 2017-01-01

  • Added theme “Twenty Seventeen” support

1.2.2 – 2016-11-15

  • Added “Multiple Post Thumbnails” plugin support

1.2.1 – 2016-11-08

  • Added IAM connection

1.2.0 – 2016-11-01

  • Added auto suggest on search field

1.1.1 – 2016-10-10

  • Fixed invalid UTF-8 chars validation errors

1.1.0 – 2016-10-09

  • Added Asia Pacific (Seoul) AWS region
  • Added text length selection on result snippet
  • Added highlights on result snippet
  • Added “extras” field management in services

1.0.3 – 2016-07-26

  • Added fields manipulation

1.0.2 – 2016-05-31

  • Fixed “post_author_name” empty field error

1.0.1 – 2016-02-26

  • Fixed “post_author_name” field get method

1.0.0 – 2016-02-14

  • First release