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  • 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?


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  • 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.

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

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