Search Unleashed

Advanced WordPress search with wildcards, highlighting, log, and ability to search all post data. Now with Lucene!

Author:John Godley (profile at
WordPress version required:2.9
WordPress version tested:3.2.1
Plugin version:1.0.6
Added to WordPress repository:10-09-2007
Last updated:02-01-2010
Warning! This plugin has not been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.
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Extends the standard WordPress search to include data from posts, pages, comments, and meta-data, as well as the full content of data inserted by plugins. This last feature makes it unique amongst search plugins. For example, you may have a plugin that uses shortcodes to insert data:

[product 1]

The standard search will just see the shortcode. Search Unleashed will see the actual data inserted into your post.

Search phrases are highlighted, as are incoming searches from Google, Yahoo, and most other search engines. This makes it very easy to see exactly what phrase matched and why the post is being shown.

Searches can be restricted to specific categories, tags, or meta-data. For example, you can search for 'persian' in the 'cats' category.

  • Transparently extends WordPress search with a full text search that supports wildcards and logical operations
  • Search through posts, pages, comments, meta-data, urls, and titles
  • Priority based searching - configure how much priority to give to the various parts of a post
  • Extendable search engines. Comes with three search engines (standard, MySQL fulltext, and Lucene)
  • Data from plugins is included in the search - this is very important as previously any plugins that inserted data into posts were not included in searches
  • Everything can be configured - select exactly what data you want to search
  • Smart highlighting that shows a contextual snapshot of the search data
  • Incoming search highlight. Searches made through Google, Yahoo, Altavista, Baidu, Sogou, and MSN are all highlighted
  • No changes are made to standard WordPress database tables
  • Advanced search widget

The plugin is available in: * English * Deutsch by Frank Bueltge, Gerhard Lehnhoff, and Andre * Swedish by Olle Hellgren * Russian by Lecactus * Italiano by Dario * Dutch by Evert * French by Vincent Granger * Polish by Krzysztof Kowalik * Spanish by Ivan Garcia * Turkish by Mehmet Karac * Japanese by Hiroaki Miyashita * Chinese by Yunfang Shang * Brazillian Portuguese by Joao Miguel * Danish by Georg S. Adamsen * Lithuanian by WordPress TVS - Audrius * Belorussian by Marcis Gasuns * Czech by Pavel Soukenik * Slovenian by Rok