WP FullText Search


This plugin extends the standard search capabilities of WordPress by creating a transparent word-based index. This allows you to quickly search not only by the title and content of posts, but also by meta-fields, custom types of posts, and even by the contents of the attached files. Yes, all this is possible!

WPFTS does not require the installation of external indexing programs and therefore works even on shared hostings. It does not require any refinement of your site, thus all other plugins will also automatically use the word-based index after installing the WPFTS.

You will be able to justify the relevance function by specifying the weights for the title, the content, and each of the meta-fields in your posts.

Unlike other search plug-ins, it does not replace the standard WP search completely, but extends its functionality. Thus, all existing plugins begin to use advanced search automatically.

The extended (pro) version of the plugin allows you to automatically index the text content of the attached files (for example, PDF files, full list of supported files is listed in Documentation) and perform a quick search on them.

Here is a short summary of capabilities in FREE version:

  • TRUE fulltext search within title, content, meta values or programmatically-created text data
  • Works with both MySQL table types (MYISAM, InnoDB)
  • Supports Multisite (yes, in free version)
  • Does not require 3rd-party libraries or services
  • Displays search results like Google does (selected sentences with highlighted word)
  • Works well on shared hostings
  • Supports language translations
  • Dramatically extends default WP search (not replaces it)
  • Search full-text with true relevance
  • Relevance formula can be justified via settings (post title, content and each meta field can have different weights)
  • Make default search WP ordering configurable (very useful for WP site search via ?s=)
  • You can order results by relevance, date, post ID, title, slug, type, random, comment_count via settings page
  • It has API and full documentation to customize plugin’s behaviour
  • Works well with PHP 5.6+ to PHP 7.2+


Please refer Documentation.


  • Smart Excerpts (Google-like search results) settings
  • Plugin configuration screen
  • Search and Relevance settings
  • Standard WP search tweaks (change ordering and direction of search)
  • Search core status widget
  • Indexing engine settings
  • Search tester screen


  1. Unpack and upload fulltext-search folder with all files to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Press Rebuild Index button to initialize index (actually this function will run automatically on first plugin install)


Where can I put some notices, comments or bugreports?

Do not hesistate to write to us at Contact Us page.


Great Service! Great Plugin

Very collaborative and helpful service. I am a novice so it was very helpful for me to be able to contact the developer for help. I messaged on their homepage and they got back to me very quickly. I needed some help to create search parameters that only resulted in pdf and page results for search and I AM NOT a PHP expert. They helped me on both counts and i learned a lot in the process. Highly recommended. I purchased the pro license it is well worth the money! UPDATE; just when you think it cannot get any better it does. I had an issue with a conflict between this plugin and WP Smush and the developer took the time to figure it out and solve the problem. AWESOME SERVICE.

Great help with installation in Bento theme

Alexey was really helpful with getting the plugin installed in my Bento theme. He offered me changes the the search.php template that made everything running smoothly. I'll start further testing from now and will add another review later on. Merry Christmas! 😉

Very collaborative author

Great plugin, works like a charm! After contacting him, the author showed great interest and deep understanding of the matter and he was more than helpful! Highly recommended!

Does not improve search speed in many cases

I installed this plugin as a possible alternative to Solr or Sphinx powered search plugins because not having to manage them would be a big plus. Before I get to the reason for 2 stars, I'll say that the author did a really good job on the backend. It was very low-friction to set up, and the AJAX indexing interface is stellar. Unfortunately, this plugin has 2 major issues that I discovered: 1. We only have roughly 20k posts. The plugin, however, decided that the number is "In Index: 312044 posts," and it took several days to spin up this index. I don't know how it's possible (maybe it doesn't disregard revisions or something, which is a pretty big omission), but changing anything at all about indexing that would require a reindex suddenly becomes prohibitively expensive. 2. More importantly, the search speed is only improved in some cases, whereas in others it gets worse in my tests. A simple search for "table" took 55 seconds (our Linode servers are pretty beefy, it's not a slow shared hosting env or something). Searching for something like "black" or "white" took about 6s with the plugin on, and about 1.8s with WP's own search. Perhaps there's a missing db index or two somewhere, but right now the plugin gets a fail from me.

Allowing me to search on dynamic data

This plugin is very helpful for me. I am using it in almost any project, because it sufficiently increase search speed and additionally I can implement search by any post-related data. Sometimes I need to search by dynamically-generated data and this plugin can do it very fine.
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  • Improved compatibility with WP 5.1
  • Fixed 7 issues


  • Added Google-like Smart Excerpts


  • Fixed 5 tiny bugs (thanks users for reports!)


  • Added Multisite support


  • Fixed 9 warnings and 21 notices while optimizing plugin for PHP 7.2
  • Added support of PHP 7.2


  • Added Main WP Search Tweaks settings


  • Fixed a bug – it was a reason why plugin can’t activate correctly on some hostings


  • Added InnoDB support
  • Added a switch of MySQL table type (InnoDB/MySQL)
  • Fixed a bug with popup message


  • Fixed MySQL queries: search speed sufficiently improved


  • Added “Deeper Search” flag and functionality


  • Added support for internal query filtering
  • Added wpfts_search_terms filter
  • Fixed some indexing speed issues


  • Fixed Readme.txt
  • Fixed queries to WP multisite support


  • Compatibility with WP 4.8.1
  • Indexing speed increased a bit (code was optimized)


  • Added support for sites with specific DB table names


  • Cosmetic changes


  • Changed regexp which is splitting texts to words (non-english characters are now supported)
  • Added wpftp_split_to_words filter which enables you to define your own “text splitting” algorithm


  • Added complex query analyzer (support quotes)


  • Added plugin icon
  • Fixed description


  • Lowered save_post hook priority to index metadata correctly


  • Small bug fixes
  • Debug logging removed


  • Added cluster weights capability
  • Plugin assigned to GPL license


  • First WordPress version


  • Automatic indexing were added, over 30 bugs were fixed


  • Initial edition. Basic functions added