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Real Search - Advanced Search Plugin

The RealSearch replaces the default search with a Lucene based one, thus, delivering more accurate and relevant search results.

The RealSearch WordPress Search Plugin replaces the default MySQL based search with a much more powerful Lucene based one, thus, delivering more accurate and relevant search results.


  • Keyword lemmatization (stemming): shoot in feet is the same as shot in foot
  • Sorting based on relevancy.
  • Search keyword highlight.
  • Live ajax search with type head or live search.
  • Boolean queries: Digital camera OR Laptop AND water resistant
  • Exclude search terms with the ”-” operator: Install -Windows
  • Fuzzy search: envito~ 0.1, codecanon~ 0.2
  • Wildcard search: Insta* Window*
  • Search for shortcode content

Live AJAX Search

The RealSearch Plugin offers a blazingly fast Live AJAX Search; it achieves this by pre-caching 500 documents, and if the searched keyword does not match any of them, then it will do an AJAX search request.

Search statistics

You can monitor search performance by keywords and also observe trends in search and click through volumes in the “Stats” page.

Info and documentation

You can find more information at the Search Plugin Wordpress blog.

Plugin requirements

Requires PHP 5.3.0 (min), PHP 5.4.0 (all) 32 MB RAM (Depends on index size). Search feature has been tested only on WP 3.8 and up

Author RealSearch
Contributors wprealsearch
Tags fulltext search, relevant, search
  1. realsearch-little screenshot 1

    Search highlighting matched words.

  2. realsearch-little screenshot 2

    Search statistics.

  3. realsearch-little screenshot 3

    Admin panel settings.

  4. realsearch-little screenshot 4

    Live Ajax serach with highlight.

  1. Upload the plugin files to the /wp-content/plugins/RealSearchLittle directory, or install the plugin through the WordPress plugins screen directly.
  2. Create a folder called realsearch in the /wp-content/ folder.
  3. Allow the web server to read and write files in the /wp-content/realsearch folder. (e.g. chmod www-data:www-data realsearch, chmod 777 realsearch )
  4. Activate the plugin through the 'Plugins' screen in WordPress
  5. Use the 'Admin > RealSearh Little' screen to configure the plugin
  6. Press 'Reindex' on the RealSearch Little -> Settings page


OpenSource Release


Initial release

Can it index/search XYZ post type, comments, products?

Yes. RealSearch can index any post type, even PDFs DOCs etc.

The Live Ajax Search looks ugly on my XYZ theme, what can I do

You can disable the Live Ajax Search in the Settigns page, or you can add a css file in /tpl/ajax_search_themes with the same name as your theme (e.g. xyz.css) and you fix the css issues.

Keyword highlighting does not work

This usually means, that the active theme does not use the 'the_excerpt' hook when displaying the search results. You should notify the Theme author, or you can fix it usually by editing the theme's search.php file.

Can I use it on my Spanish/German/etc website?

RealSearch will index any content, but will only stem/analyze english, german, and spanish text. If you need support for any other language let me know.

Version 1.1.0

Requires WordPress version: 3.8 or higher

Compatible up to: 4.6.3

Last Updated 12 Feb 2017

Date Added: 07 Oct 2016


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