I am looking for some help creating a custom search for a client's website. Basically, I have created a custom theme that is basically designed to be used to review different types of media (books, CDs, videos, etc.). My client wants visitors to be able to search by author, artist, subject, or reviewer. This is my first WordPress site...I am mostly a ColdFusion developer, however I do have some PHP/MySql experience as well. I tried looking through some of the plugins, but the number of search related onesis overwhelming! Plus, none of them seemed on the surface to have the capabilities that I need. Is there an "off the shelf" plugin I can use? Or am I going to be better off creating a custom search from scratch? If that is the better option, where should I start?
Any suggestions would be most helpful and/or appreciated. Thanks!