7 Ultimate Search Plugins for WordPress

There are many exciting search plugins that add a plethora of new features to your website. As the default search does not search everything, many people consider installing a WordPress search plugin for their website. We have researched and found the top 7 search plugins that help your readers in getting relevant results to their search queries.

1) Search Everything

Search Everything plugin improves the default search functionality in three simple steps. These are Activate, Configure options and Search. Also, it does not modify any of the template pages. You can configure it to search pages, attachments, drafts, comments, excerpts, tags and custom fields and you can also specify your own search highlight style.

Cost: Free
Downloads: 687,227
Ratings: 3.8 out of 5 stars
Compatible up to: 3.9.1

Screenshot of the writing helper Research Everything

2) Relevanssi

Relevanssi has successfully replaced the standard WordPress search with a better search engine, having lots of features and configurable options. This plugin also indexes comments and shortcode content and provides you with better results, and better presentation of results. The basic version comes free of cost while the premium version includes added features, such as Multisite support.

Cost: Free
Downloads: 536,968
Ratings: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Compatible up to: 3.9-beta


3) Dave’s WordPress Live Search

This useful plugin will add “live search” functionality to your WordPress site or blog. It uses the built-in search and jQuery. As visitors type words into the search box, the plugin starts looking for search results that match what the user has typed so far. The live search technique offers users the results they are looking for before they finish typing their query.

Cost: Free
Downloads: 102,578
Ratings: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Compatible up to: 3.9.1


4) Search and Replace

This plugin offers you a simple search for find strings in your database and replaces the string. You can search in ID, post-content, meta-data, comments, comment-email, comment-author and more. It is also possible to replace the user-ID in all tables and user-login for added security in WordPress-Application.

Cost: Free
Downloads: 603,001
Ratings: 4.4 out of 5 stars
Compatible up to: 3.5-RC2


5) Search Regex

Search Regex adds a powerful set of search and replace functions to WordPress. It goes beyond the standard searching capabilities, and allows you to search and replace almost any data stored on your website. It offers you a full power of PHP’s regular expressions at your disposal.

Cost: Free
Downloads: 84,513
Ratings: 4.7 out of 5 stars
Compatible up to: 3.5.2


6) Enhanced Admin Bar with Codex Search

This search plugin adds a new menus to your website that includes search fields for searching the Codex,, WordPress support forums, theme repository etc. Search fields to common areas in wp-admin are included in the drop down menu when you are not in the admin area.

Cost: Free
Downloads: 57,783
Ratings: 5 out of 5 stars
Compatible up to: 3.5.2


7) WooCommerce Predictive Search

This plugin gives your customers an amazing search experience by delivering live product search results. It queries your entire product database while users type and delivers instant and changing results as they type in the dropdown which shows the product thumbnail, product title along with description.

Cost: Free
Downloads: 50,258
Ratings: 3.4 out of 5 stars
Compatible up to: 3.9.1



Search plugins are a useful way to offer stellar browsing experience at your website. It comes with great features that make visitors’ search easy. These useful plugins provide an added functionality to your WordPress-powered website or blogs.

Which search plugin do you use for your website? Have we missed out an important one? Share your views in the comment section below. We would love to hear them.

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