Search Everything


Search Everything improves WordPress default search functionality without modifying any of the template pages. You can configure it to search pages, excerpts, attachments, drafts, comments, tags and custom fields (metadata) and you can specify your own search highlight style. It also offers the ability to exclude specific pages and posts. It does not search password-protected content. Simply install, configure… and search.

Search Everything plugin now includes a writing helper called Research Everything that lets you search for your posts and link to them while writing. You can also enable Power Search to research posts from the wider web (for WP3.7 and above).

Better WordPress search in three steps

  • Activate
  • Configure options
  • Search!

What it does

Search Everything increases the ability of the default WordPress Search, options include:

  • Search Highlighting
  • Search Every Page
  • Search Every Tag
  • Search Custom Taxonomies ( new )
  • Search Every Category
  • Search non-password protected pages only
  • Search Every Comment
  • Search only approved comments
  • Search Every Draft
  • Search Every Excerpt
  • Search Every Attachment (post type, not the content itself – check FAQ)
  • Search Every Custom Field (metadata)
  • Exclude Posts from search
  • Exclude Categories from search


From Jan 24, 2014 Search Everything originaly developed by dancameron, sproutventure will be maintained and developed further by Zemanta.

Terms of Service

The plugin source code is released under GPLv2. Usage of our service is governed by Zemanta Terms of Service and Zemanta Privacy Policy.


  • Screenshot of the options panel
  • Screenshot of the writing helper Research Everything
  • Screenshot of a post with search results from the Research Everything writing helper


Installation Instructions:

  1. Download the plugin and unzip it.
  2. Put the ‘search-everything’ directory into your wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  3. Go to the Plugins page in your WordPress Administration area and click ‘Activate’ next to Search Everything.
  4. Go to the Settings > Search Everything and configure it.
  5. That’s it. Enjoy searching.


It doesn’t search in my PDF/Word/Excel attachments

We know, this is not a bug. It’s not that easy to search through binary files.
Anyway, if there’s a will, there’s a way. Just ask us for a workaround and we’ll gladly help.

It doesn’t work

Read the installation guide.

It *still* doesn’t work

Please open a new support topic at our Support page

I don’t get any results in research tool

Are you using WordPress 3.6? Sorry, but research tool requires at least version 3.7.

What Translations are included?

Note: We changed some labels in settings, old translations might not work and need to be updated.

  • Arabic
  • Belarusian
  • China / Chinese
  • Czech
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latvian
  • Norwegian (Bokmål)
  • Norwegian (Nynorsk)
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Turkish
  • Taiwan / Chinese
What about Terms of Service and Privacy policy?

Before using the plugin please read the full version of Zemanta Terms of Service and Zemanta Privacy Policy.


Search issues

At first attempts – NOT impressed I’m afraid.

I wanted to search comments for a phrase – so I entered a phrase “is there an easy way to output the mp3 file” which I’d pulled out of the comments. It found everything BUT. That complete phrase should have been the FIRST thing it pulled out before returning every single occurrence of the individual words!!!

Worse – I put quotes around the message to ensure it only pulled out the complete phrase – and got a big “CANT CONNECT TO DATABASE” message.

Not impressed – not at all.

Nach Update Server Error

Dieses Plugin ist (war) sehr gut und ich habe es lange benutzt. Bis gestern Abend – nach dem Update des Plugins ging meine Seite massiv in die Knie. Inhalte wurden nicht mehr korrekt angezeigt (z.B. meine Igniter-Audioplayliste), bis ich mich zum Schluss nicht mehr auf die Admin-Oberfläche einloggen konnte. Die Seite erzeugte einen “HTTP-Fehler 500 Internal server error”, nichts ging mehr. Offenbar wird durch das Plugin-Update eine PHP-Funktion angesprochen, die massiv Einfluss auf den PHP-Speicher hat. So eine Meldung kam auch. Nun, nachdem ich das Plugin per FTP gelöscht habe, funktioniert wieder alles bestens!! Dieses Update war kontra-produktiv 🙁

Conflicts with Gravity Forms

Like this plugin a lot, but it conflicts with viewing entries in Gravity Forms, generating the following error message:

“Fatal error: Unknown: Cannot use output buffering in output buffering display handlers in Unknown on line 0”

Disable Search Everything and GF entries are accessible again.

Simple but very effective

Very pleased with the simplicity and effectiveness of this plugin, though a few more customisation options would be nice. One minor glitch, that ‘excluded’ pages/posts become visible in the results if you do something that returns everything (e.g. hitting return in emapty search box) but that’s a trivial result, and only really annoying because I was using it in a slightly non-standard way 😉

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Contributors & Developers

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


“Search Everything” has been translated into these 2 locales: Dutch, English (Canada). Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

Translate “Search Everything” into your language.

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  • Fixed a search issue that caused all results to be returned regardless of the options.


  • Fixed a migration/update issue


  • Compatibility with WordPress 4.7
  • Security update: resolve SQL injection vunerability related to WP 4.7


  • Security update: filtering out empty search strings that could enable sql injections


  • Compatibility with PHP 7
  • Bypassing highlighting in dashboard searches


  • Removed unnecessary styles on frontend
  • Fixed php notice showing up sometimes
  • Czech language added


  • Support for multitag search


  • CSS bugfix


  • Security update (CSRF vunerability fix)
  • Added form validation to Options page


  • Fixed link search bug
  • Fixed bug of limiting number of results in Research Everything
  • Improved code robustness
  • Fixed translation system
  • Fixed upgrade bug
  • Renamed methods with too generic names
  • Fixed admin notices – they’re only visible to admins now


  • Added research widget on compose screen
  • Reorganized settings
  • Security updates


  • Urgent bugfix – changed migration script


  • Fixed vulnerability issue in se_search_default and started escaping terms
  • Refactored code, extracted html from PHP code
  • Added support for ajax call


  • Added config file with installation and migration functions
  • Refactored code, removed Yes options
  • Replaced deprecated functions