Support » Theme: Mission News » Search Function Not Working

  • I am using the Mission News WordPress theme.For inexplicable reasons, the search function is bringing up additional posts that do not match the keyword that I am searching for. For example, if I search for “coronavirus” in the search function on my site (ResCon1.com), I get 10 results or 10 posts/articles. The last two articles or posts do not include ANY mention whatsoever of “coronavirus.” So why are these two posts/articles showing up in a “coronavirus” search?

    It does not look like the problem is the search function itself: because when I downloaded a search widget, I encountered the same problem with that separate “search” function: Ten articles were found and the last two of those articles do not contain the word “coronavirus” at all anywhere in the post.

    Thus it seems like the problem is in the article itself and maybe the Mission News theme. Either way, I would like to get this fixed. Please advise.

    Thanks,
    John

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  • Theme Author Ben Sibley

    (@bensibley)

    Hi John,

    Thanks for using Mission News!

    The Mission News theme doesn’t alter WordPress’ search functionality in any way. The reason the last two results are showing up is that the term “coronavirus” is present in their source code albeit not readable. For instance, one of the posts has a link where the URL contains the term: https://screenshot.competethemes.com/p9uKOz9Z

    Of course, I agree that this is not desirable behavior for the search. I would recommend installing the Relevanssi plugin to improve search on your site: https://wordpress.org/plugins/relevanssi/

    I use Relevanssi on my own websites and it works very well for customizing the search results.

    Thanks! I installed the plug-in and activated it, but I don’t see how to get it to show up on my website. Typically, when I install and activate a plug-in, it shows up as a widget, which I then can have displayed in different columns or sections on my site. But for reasons I don’t understand, it’s not showing up as a widget. Do you know why, or what I’m doing wrong?
    Thanks,
    John

    Theme Author Ben Sibley

    (@bensibley)

    You’ll find a new “Relevanssi” menu under the Settings menu in your dashboard. This plugin doesn’t have a widget or make any visual changes which is why it only includes a settings menu.

    What’s cool about Relevanssi is that you don’t need to make any changes to the search forms themselves. Relevanssi allows you to tweak the *functionality* of WordPress’ search feature in the background so that visitors get more relevant results from using your existing search bars.

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