Have you tried searching for anything out here on Weblog Tools Collection? What about the Heatmap we have at the bottom of the page?
If you haven’t searched for anything here yet, let me explain the difference between the search results out here and the results on other WordPress blogs.
On other blogs, when you use the inbuilt search, WordPress finds the posts that contain the search term as is and lists them out. Out here, when you conduct a search, the posts which are most relevant to the search term are listed out in order of their relevance. This ensures better search results for your search term.
The solution we have here is manual and customized for this blog. So, in order to extend this all WordPress users, I’ve converted the same into a WordPress plugin titled Better Search.
When you install Better Search, it will automatically replace the inbuilt search with the ability to search for results contextually and display the same in descending order of relevance. The search results are paged and the searcher can select the number of results to be displayed per page, as well as jump between the various pages.
An extra feature is the heatmap as you see it out here. The plugin provides you with two types of heatmaps. The first displays the most popular searches from all time. The second one is a heatmap that displays popular search from a user selectable date range. By default, I’ve set it for seven days, i.e. a week.
There are several more features that I plan on adding in the near future. Check out the To Do on the plugin page.