Search - what are the rules? (3 posts)

  1. tedinoz
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Is there any place that actually describes how the standard search facility works? I gather it searches on words, but what about when you want a phrase?

    For example, if I search HMAS AUSTRALIA (two words separated by a space) it gives me 208 posts with either the word HMAS or the word AUSTRALIA. But what if I want just the posts with the phrase HMAS AUSTRALIA?

    Heaven forbid if I search "HMAS AUSTRALIA" - that yields "\\\ hmas australia\\\". If I search HMAS+AUSTRALIA, I get "hmas+australia" but no posts returned.

    I'm half expecting someone to tell me to use a Regular Expression, but since when would that be practical for users?

    Is this all written down somewhere?
    Will the standard search facility do phrases? If not, can anyone recommend a "proper" search plugin?


  2. Kafkaesqui

    Posted 9 years ago #

    Search in WordPress is pretty basic. It has no key word phrasing, nor boolean operator functionality. It will just search for the key word(s) you submit.

  3. digitaltoast
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Is the an improved search? Mine is broken so badly it won't even find the page titles!

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