Relevanssi – A Better Search – By Mikko Saari is the search plugin we use at a great WordPress Plugin to improve your searches.

Like adding your own relevancy score to your WordPress search. Get Relevanssi for your WordPress website free.

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What is Relevance score?

A relevance score is a numerical value assigned to a document that indicates how relevant that document is for a given query. Relevance scores are used to order results on a SERP and can be calculated through a wide range of different relevance models. Relevance scores are distinguished from more rudimentary relevance models, such as binary relevance, which merely determines whether or not a document is relevant to query without assigning any score to the document.

Relevanssi replaces the standard WordPress search with a better search engine, with lots of features and configurable options. You’ll get better results, better presentation of results – your users will thank you.

This is the free version of Relevanssi. There’s also Relevanssi Premium, which has added features.

Do note that using Relevanssi may require large amounts (hundreds of megabytes) of database space. If your hosting setup has a limited amount of space for database tables, using Relevanssi may cause problems. In those cases, use of Relevanssi cannot be recommended.


  • Search results sorted in the order of relevance, not by date.
  • Fuzzy matching: match partial words, if complete words don’t match.
  • Find documents matching either just one search term (OR query) or require all words to appear (AND query).
  • Search for phrases with quotes, for example, “search phrase”.
  • Create custom excerpts that show where the hit was made, with the search terms highlighted.
  • Highlight search terms in the documents when the user clicks through search results.
  • Search comments, tags, categories and custom fields.
  • Multi-site friendly.
  • bbPress support.


  • Adjust the weighting for titles, tags and comments.
  • Log queries, show the most popular queries and recent queries with no hits.
  • Restrict searches to categories and tags using a hidden variable or plugin settings.
  • Index custom post types and custom taxonomies.
  • Index the contents of shortcodes.
  • Google-style “Did you mean?” suggestions based on successful user searches.
  • Support for WPML multi-language plugin and Polylang.
  • Advanced filtering to help you hack the search results the way you want.
  • Search result throttling to improve performance on large databases.
  • Disable indexing of post content and post titles with a simple filter hook.


  • Indexing PDF content.
  • Improved spelling correction in “Did you mean?” suggestions.
  • Searching across multiple sites in the same multisite installation.
  • Search and index user profiles.
  • Search and index taxonomy term pages (categories, tags, custom taxonomies).
  • Search and index arbitrary columns in wp_posts MySQL table.
  • Assign weights to any post types and taxonomies.
  • Assign an extra weight to new posts.
  • Let the user choose between AND and OR searches, use + and – operator (AND and NOT).
  • Highlighting search terms for visitors from external search engines.
  • Export and import settings.
  • WP CLI commands.


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