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Acquia Search

Acquia Search looks cool, Automattic should do something similar for WordPress.

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I’m not sure an external (and centralized) search engine is needed – but improvements to the search features built into WordPress would really kick ass. Advanced search? Sort by relevance instead of reverse-chronological dump? Boolean searches? I suppose if those are only possible via Lucene and Solr, then give’r, but a better, more flexible native search would make more sense first.

Ted, not all content is intended to be found by all users. Assuming some amount of access control in the CMS, you’d want access control in the search system as well.

External search isn’t needed for smaller sites. But once you being to scale to lots of traffic, the built-in CMS search tends not to keep up. Off-loading search to another server, one with data storage and processing power dedicated toward the indexing and retrieval of content, is a quick way to help sites scale. Installing and maintaining those search services, however, is more complex than running your average PHP CMS. Hence the hosted search services.

Relevanssi can achieve most of what’s mentioned in this old post. Just found it while googling (ironically) for good search engines for WP.

In the WP world, I still have to find something better than Relevanssi. It’s not ideal yet, as the interface and API (to show and filter the results) can be MUCH better, but it’s much better than the alternative.

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