SearchWP Custom Results Order
With the Custom Results Order addon, you have the ability to apply your own, personally crafted influence on groupings of search results.
Even though the algorithm that is used by SearchWP to produce results does an excellent job of returning results that are relevant to the search query, there are occasions when you may want specific items to appear at the top of search results for specific search queries. That is precisely what Custom Results Order is capable of doing!
You have the ability to add a search query as well as an engine “trigger,” which will then display the results for that particular search. You can move an entry to the top slot by making use of the controls that are accessible. Because of such promotion, that result will consistently come in first position, regardless of how much weight is assigned to it.
You have the ability to promote several results in response to each search query if you so want. In addition, you have the ability to re-promote an entry if the results are arranged in an unexpected manner.
When utilising Custom Results Order, there is no limit to the amount of triggers that you can add. If there are situations in which you want to be assured that a particular result is the top result, then using this extension will get the job done!
A note about partial matches
Although there is support in Custom Results Order for partial matches, it is not suggested that you use this feature. When partial matching is turned on, the Custom Results Order feature will apply a specialised sorting algorithm if the search query trigger is present in any portion of the search query itself. There is no method for Custom Results Order to take this into account, despite the fact that it may have an impact on search queries you would prefer not to have an impact on. It would be helpful if you could disable exact matching with caution.
Why is it necessary?
Why is it even essential to have this Extension if SearchWP was designed from the beginning to deliver the most pertinent results?
SearchWP does, in fact, return the most relevant results it can find; but, the relevance of those results is directly related to the method SearchWP uses to find results in the first place. Finding search results is not an exception to the rule; all algorithms have edge situations that deviate from the norm, and finding search results is no exception.
You have the most expertise about the material on your website, and you are aware of the needs and interests of your audience. You will not only obtain insight into what your visitors are searching for when you use SearchWP’s Metrics, but you will also gain information into which results your visitors are clicking on.
There will be occasions when visitors click on results that are not ranked the highest in the set of results. You could manually alter the engine configuration to make up for it, or you could stuff some keywords into your text, or you could even construct a ‘hidden’ Custom Field to cram keywords in order to gain a higher overall rank.
These solutions have the potential to be effective; nevertheless, using Custom Results Order alleviates the burden of having to set up and administer some kind of undocumented system. It will present you with a single screen that has all of these individualised settings on it at once for your convenience.
Make your search even better
I have high hopes that the Custom Results Order feature will assist you in enhancing the quality of your on-site search to an even greater degree. It is already being put to use on our website to ensure that visitors are able to locate the informational resources that they require.