This plugin hasn’t been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.

WP Search Extracts


When displaying results from a search many people prefer to display the section of the resulting
post/page that includes the match, rather than the full post or standard excerpt. This plugin adds
a filter to process search results and only display the content either side of the first result
for the given search.

To Do

  • Add automated tests
  • Make the padding around results value configurable
  • Solicit user feedback on further options


  1. Upload wp-search-extracts to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress

Contributors & Developers

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




  • Fix issue where matched term is near the beginning of the string, which could cause duplication in results (thanks to Ben Walker)


  • Consolidated code for first release