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Category: Extensions

Version 1.8.0 of Shortcodes has been released. There are three new Shortcodes available in this release! Full changelog:

  • [New] New Shortcode searchwp_search_results_paginate_links for paginated links
  • [New] New Shortcode searchwp_search_result_image for result Featured Image output
  • [New] New Shortcode searchwp_search_result_permalink for result permalink output
  • [Update] Updated updater

SearchWP’s Related Extension has just been updated to version 1.3 and is now available to all active license holders.

This is primarily a bug fix and optimization release but it also includes a new feature that allows you to specify individual entries you’d like to force to include for specific entries:

Screenshot of Related's new Settings

This allows you to manually curate an entry or two and have SearchWP fill in the remaining slots with its search results.

There are a few other small changes and bug fixes that help to make version 1.3 of Related do an even better job of finding related content that updates itself over time automatically.

Enjoy!

Full changelog:

  • [New] Force specific Related entries for each entry
  • [New] Related content is now cached for 12 hours
  • [New] Hook to control query cache TTL in seconds searchwp_related_cache_length
  • [New] Hook to control whether caching is used searchwp_related_cache_enabled
  • [Fix] Auto-append not working in some cases
  • [Fix] Pagination not respected in some cases
  • [Fix] Default keywords not populated in some cases
  • [Fix] Links to documentation
  • [Change] Meta box no longer appears on non-public post types by default
  • [Change] Additional results found if initial results set is too restricted by SearchWP
  • [Update] Translation source
  • [Update] Updated updater

One of SearchWP’s most popular Extensions, Live Ajax Search, has been updated to version 1.4. This update is available to all users as this Extension has been made publicly available on wordpress.org for anyone using WordPress ๐Ÿ‘

In this update the live requests are better optimized (and cancelled when applicable) and updates some accessibility features as well. That said, if anyone has any suggestions for additional enhancements to accessibility it would be terrific if they were posted as repository Issues or even Pull Requests!

There are a couple of other small updates, including the removal of the post type in parenthesis of the default results template. That bit was originally put in place to show the versatility of the plugin, but it turned out to cause confusion during the initial experience of setting up Live Ajax Search so it has been removed.

The update will appear in your WordPress Dashboard, enjoy!

Version 1.3 of Redirects has been made available to all Pro and Pro Plus license holders. Updates include:

  • Redirects are now sortable
  • You can now import/export your Redirects
  • Fixes an issue that prevented saving an empty list of Redirects
  • Updated the updater!

Version 1.6 of Shortcodes has been made available to all active license holders. This release has a few updates to consider:

  • [New] New Shortcode: searchwp_total_results to output the total number of search results
  • [New] Adds placeholder argument to searchwp_search_form Shortcode
  • [Update] Updated updater

Providing great search results is priority 1 for SearchWP. The Extensions available aim to enhance the search experience on your site as well, and the latest Extension release aims to make integrating a great looking search form into your site as easy as possible.

Screenshots of Modal Form in various themes

Examples of Modal Search Form adapting to the active theme

Modal Search Form is the easiest way to you to add lightweight, accessible, and great looking modal search forms into your site.

There are four ways to add a Modal Search Form to your site:

  1. As a Menu Item
  2. Using a Shortcode
  3. As a Gutenberg Block
  4. Directly within your template using code

Like Live AJAX Search, Modal Search Form does not require SearchWP, but has been made available to all WordPress users through the plugin repository at:

SearchWP Modal Search Form

The goal is to make on-site search for WordPress a great experience both for your site visitors and for developers building those sites. Find out more about the extension on it’s page, download it on the Plugin page, or check out the code on GitHub ๐Ÿค“

A new Extension has been released: Custom Results Order! This extension was designed and built to help you manually curate results generated by SearchWP.

SearchWP Custom Results Order in action!

Why is it necessary?

If SearchWP was originally built to return the most relevant results, why is this Extension necessary at all?

SearchWP does return the most relevant results it can find, but those results are directly tied to SearchWP’s algorithm used to find those results in the first place. As with all algorithms, there are edge cases that go against the norm, and finding search results is no different.

You are the most knowledgeable of your site content, and you know what your visitors are looking for. Using SearchWP’s Metrics you can gain insight not only into what your visitors are searching for, but also which results they’re clicking.

There will be times that visitors are clicking results that don’t rank highest in the results set. You could manually edit the engine configuration to compensate, or stuff some keywords in your content, or even create a ‘hidden’ Custom Field to stuff keywords to get the overall rank higher.

Those solutions can work, but Custom Results Order removes the burden of having to set up and manage some sort of undocumented system. It provides you with a single screen containing all of these customizations you have in place.

Make your search even better

I hope Custom Results Order helps you improve your on-site search to an even higher degree. It’s already in use on this site, making sure that customers can find the documentation they’re looking for!

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