Support » Plugin: Better Search » Low relevancy of search results

  • I like the functionality of the search field a lot, but the actual search results are not fantastic. It brings up reasonably similar content, but the posts I would want it to show at the top are way down, and I found no way to finetune it to get better results.

    It’s that I like the functionality of the search field so much that I haven’t switched to Ivory Search yet, which yields far superior search results. But as a search plugin, it’s honestly not the best. I think it would have to assess the content of the posts to get better results. I do hope you will consider adding that.

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  • Plugin Author Ajay

    (@ajay)

    Thanks for the feedback.

    The plugin uses mySQL’s inbuilt FULLTEXT search functionality to find the relevant posts. You can tune this by giving the title and or content additional weightage.

    But, conscious this might now always be suitable for all sites.

    Hi @msilvertant

    Try this plugin
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/fulltext-search/
    it has its own relevance calculation algorithm which can be better (or even worse) than MySQL integrated search. It would be curious to compare!

    Thread Starter msilvertant

    (@msilvertant)

    @ajay I know I can tune it, and I tried, but I still don’t get the search results in the order I want. With Ivory Search I get perfect search results, but I don’t like it in terms of the functionality of the search field.

    @epsiloncool I installed the plugin and indexed, but the order of the search results remains the same. However, now the search results also show that my search keyword is missing, even though it’s both in the title and mentioned in the article. I’m not entirely sure if this is something new after installing the plugin, but I never saw it before. Either way, that is not helpful.

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