WP Extended Search

Author 5um17
Contributors 5um17
Type Free
Current Version 2.1.1
Last Updated 29 May, 2022
Released 14 Sep, 2014
Total Download 204,705
Active Install 20,000
Support 8 out of 9

WP Extended Search is a lightweight and powerful search plugin.

With this plugin you can customize WordPress search to search in Post Meta, Author names, Categories, Tags, or Custom Taxonomies via admin settings. You can control the default behavior of WordPress to search in the post title, post content, and post excerpt.

Apart from customizing default search behavior, you can create multiple search settings, and then you can assign these settings to custom search forms. For custom search forms, you have the option to choose from a widget, shortcode, PHP function, or HTML.


  • Search in selected meta keys
  • Search in category, tags or custom taxonomies
  • Search in the post author name
  • Include or exclude any public post type
  • Control whether to search in title or content or excerpt or all
  • Compatible with WooCommerce. Search in product SKU, Attributes, and custom fields, etc.
  • Create unlimited search settings to use with custom search forms.
  • Add search forms using a widget, shortcode or PHP function. Also works with custom searchform.php
  • Exclude old content from search results (Older than admin specified date)
  • Customize the number of posts to display on the search results page
  • Customize SQL relation (AND/OR) between search terms
  • Customize order of search results
  • Control whether to match search query exactly or partially
  • Limit attachment results by mime type e.g. display only pdf files in search results.
  • Translation ready
  • Compatible with WPML


  • Complete documentation
  • GitHub repository
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