[wp-hackers] Page searching examples [was: 2.4 planning discussion]

Knut-Olav Hoven hovenko at linpro.no
Wed Oct 3 15:54:12 GMT 2007

On Wednesday 03 October 2007 17:41:48 Andy Skelton wrote:
> On 10/3/07, Doug Stewart <zamoose at gmail.com> wrote:
> > The fundamental point that Sam is making is sound, however -- content
> > accessible from a 3rd party search engine ought to be accessible in a
> > similar, if not easier, fashion from inside WordPress itself.   If one
> > must go to Google or Ask (What Happened To Jeeves!) in order to get
> > better search results than WP can provide, I think something is
> > probably wrong.
> WordPress, open source software that typically runs on shared hosting,
> should be able to produce search results on par with the secret
> algorithms of the world leader in search, a company with market
> capitalization of 182 billion dollars?

Yeah, but WordPress don't have to search 182 billion websites either... just 
one. And we do get access to the raw data from the database, Google does not 
(hopefully). ;)

> It has been agreed that if WordPress had a relevence-based search
> engine built in, we wouldn't have any trouble integrating pages into
> the search results. That would be a nice thing to have but it's really
> not a realistic goal at this point.

That's probably because the basic WordPress philosophy has been to reject 
patches larger than 2 lines, telling the contributers to make plugins 
instead. (I'm pushing it to the edge, but it's still true)

Search-Everything and Search-Hilite are great plugins that gets the job done. 
Why shouldn't that be corestuff? (they might need some code cleanup, but 

> There are fine ways to integrate Google searches into a blog's
> template. I think that's more our speed. Competing with Google Search
> just isn't.

Not a good idea. Core functionality should consist of framework-stuff, not 
tight integration with other systems that may (not likely, but may) change 
their API's.

> Andy
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Knut-Olav Hoven
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