Continue reading Modifying the search form on the fly

Modifying the search form on the fly

I set up a short coded search box to search my Learndash e-course for one specific category only: [ searchform ld_topic_category=”156″ ] It works perfectly except one thing: if no results show, it takes you to the default WordPress page and presents you with the standard search box that no longer searches category 156. This…

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Continue reading Forced phrase search with fallback

Forced phrase search with fallback

Relevanssi by default does not consider the search query a phrase, or value posts where the words in the search query appear together. Sometimes people do expect that, especially in AND searches. Relevanssi however does not have the information about the nearby words, so it’s not possible for Relevanssi to factor that in. Relevanssi does…

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Multi-part excerpts

Relevanssi Premium 2.11 introduces a new feature: multi-part excerpts. There’s a new setting on the Excerpts & Highlights settings tab, “Number of excerpt snippets”, and that lets you define the maximum number of excerpt snippets Relevanssi generates for each post. How does it work This option is only available when the excerpt length is defined…

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Continue reading Boosting shorter posts with higher keyword density

Boosting shorter posts with higher keyword density

By default Relevanssi tends to prefer longer posts. The default TF × IDF weights Relevanssi uses simply count the term frequency, ie. how many times a word appears in the post. That prefers longer posts as they usually have the search term appear more often. However, a 500-word post with 15 search term appearances might…

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Continue reading WooCommerce: Return only exact matches for SKU searches

WooCommerce: Return only exact matches for SKU searches

This little filter function works on relevanssi_hits_filter. When a search query is made that matches a SKU (or any other custom field, but SKUs are the most likely scenario here), only results that match the SKU will be returned. In order for this to work, Relevanssi must be set to index the _sku custom field…

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Continue reading Partial matches to just one custom field

Partial matches to just one custom field

Is it possible to set (with filters and/or actions/functions) Relevanssi to use whole words keyword matching for post titles and 2 custom fields, and partial keyword matching only for a specific custom field (sku in this case)? Indeed it is! That is, you can’t set different keyword matching methods to different parts of the post,…

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Continue reading Restrict search by author from the search query

Restrict search by author from the search query

You can set Relevanssi to index the post author, which will then let you find posts by searching for the name of the author. But what if you want a stricter filter? Where searching for an author would only show posts by that one author, and nothing else? That’s possible too. Add this function to…

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Continue reading Restricting the search for non-logged-in users

Restricting the search for non-logged-in users

There was an interesting support question: I have website with logged-in users as well as non-logged-in users. The logged-in user should be able to search through everything on the website, but the non-logged-in users should only be able to search the user profiles. Is it at all possible to differentiate the searches like this? The…

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Continue reading Using AND and NOT for Boolean operators

Using AND and NOT for Boolean operators

Relevanssi Premium has support for in-query Boolean operators. Relevanssi uses + and – for the operators: cats -dogs and cats +kittens. If you prefer instead to use the verbal AND and NOT operators, it only takes one small function in your theme functions.php: This function looks at the search query and replaces the word AND…

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Continue reading Showing only one recurring event

Showing only one recurring event

Some event calendar plugins do recurring events by creating many posts. That’s fine, until those cloned posts fill up your search results. This function, added to your theme functions.php, will only show one of each post with the same title, and will take the one with the first date. The date is checked from _EventStartDate…

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