Elastic Site Search: Wordpress Search Plugin

Elastic Site Search: WordPress Search Plugin

WordPress is the world’s most popular open source content management system. It appears in almost a third of the top 10 million websites. How come? WordPress is easy to install, use and maintain. A diverse community and vibrant ecosystem has sprung up around WordPress, with tens of thousands of useful plugins and robust themes. We’re excited to announce that the Elastic Site Search WordPress plugin is now available to anyone who wants to add leading search capabilities to their websites.

WordPress searches upgraded

WordPress comes with its own search function. This can be provided as a widget on the side, in the header or in the footer. The Site Search WordPress Plugin replaces the standard WordPress search function with a more robust and configurable alternative powered by the leading open source search engine, Elasticsearch.

Before you can get started, you need to complete a few more steps. If you already have an active account, use the Site Search dashboard to get your API key. If you don’t have an account yet, you can try Site Search free for 14 days. Sign up and explore the features.

Login to the WordPress admin panel and click plugins.

click on add new and look for the plugin Site Search Plugin for WordPress.

After installing the plugin, “Site Search” will appear in WordPress:

Enter the API key and then click Authorize.

After authorization via API key, the plugin is now able to create certain things on your behalf. First, a search engine is created. Give it a name and then select the desired language setting – 13 languages ​​are available:

Creating a search engine named

The plugin syncs with your Site Search account. This ensures that whatever content you create is indexed in your search engine. Indexing turns your content into documents that relate to intelligence and agility browse and analyze.

Start syncing. click on Synchronize:

The sync button.  Not much more than a blue button with text on it.  But it's worth clicking.

You will be notified when the synchronization is complete:

When the sync is complete, the button label will change to:

All changes will be from now on automatically synchronized – if you add content, delete content or edit content, it will be updated accordingly. When these changes are made in WordPress, they are reflected in Site Search.

With everything in sync, the fun part begins.

Site Search offers thanks innovative and professional featuressuch as input error tolerance, partial word matching, synonym matching, phrase matching, bigram matching, stem matching and more, a high level of search relevance by default.

There are various links to the Site Search dashboard in the plugin

But what really sets it apart is the handy configuration options in the highly polished Site Search UI…

You can …

  • … construct queries for the faceted search.
  • Score Rankings configure to set the order of result sets.
  • … own synonyms create.
  • weights manage and choose whether to prioritize the title, description, or other fields as more important than others.

The Site Search Dashboard

And, last but not least, Site Search produces rich search analytics data. This analytics data is collected and turned into actionable insights that you can then use to apply relevancy tools and customize your search capabilities to meet your needs.


Switching from the default WordPress search functionality to the Elastic Site Search WordPress plugin is a big leap forward. Whether online shop, publication, knowledge base or catalog-like website – with the plugin you can create one first class search function ready without changing a line of code.

Try Site Search free for 14 days.

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