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

Chris chris.hearn01 at ntlworld.com
Thu Sep 27 23:39:35 GMT 2007

What people expect -
A Search box should search BOTH pages and posts - visitors/Signed in 
users don't distinguish between these, they just see content in their 
browser and expect a search to find it!

Daniel Cameron wrote:
> I've been waiting for this conversation since I started following the list.
>> "see what people expect"
> The majority of people expect for pages to show up in their results and a
> large majority of them want more options. My original release for SE was
> very basic, option to include pages and an option to include comments. I
> never liked searching comments (since the queries would take too long) but I
> added it because that's what people wanted. Now, I'm not advocating that we
> "bloat" the core with a ton of options but if we were to allow for searching
> of pages it should be an option. And if it's an option we might as well add
> some more functionality/options to give the masses what they want or at
> least fill up the new search options page :) .
>> see what plugins are doing
> Currently SE has category exclusion, post and page id exclusion and the
> searching of excerpts, comments, excerpts, drafts, attachments, meta data
> (this is huge for a lot of users) and tags (broken in 2.3). All of these
> options, except tags and drafts, have been strongly expressed by the
> community as "necessary" options, especially those who use Wordpress as a
> CMS for development.
> I also strongly believe search functionality should not be considered as
> bloat aside from the most obvious unnecessary options, i.e. tags and drafts.
> Honestly, I would love to see the core make my plugin obsolete; my traffic
> would suffer tremendously but the great thing about that, I would be more
> inclined to make something innovative or resourceful instead of a
> maintaining a plugin that "fixes" what's left out of core.

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