How to Improve On-Site Search Results for a WooCommerce Site

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When you use the WordPress default search with your WooCommerce products, it’s very limited. But add SearchWP to the mix, along with the WooCommerce extension, it opens up a very powerful search tool for your shop

Between the WordPress default search and the WooCommerce search, this plugin fills the gaps. It indexes all your WooCommerce metadata including product variations and attributes plus tags and categories. In addition you can have it include your reviews, custom fields such as SKU’s and subscriptions. And lastly you can use their documentation of be able to search your customer orders.

The SearchWP Plugin and WooCommerce

By looking at the settings you have, once you activate the WooCommerce integration that comes with an active license of the plugin, you can see what you are able to do with it as far as adding weight to specific attributes and taxonomies.

It even goes deeper, adding colors and sizes for variable products.

And of course, you can exclude any products by adding their ID’s as will as excluding or limiting by taxonomies as well.

woo search settings

Custom Fields

A closer look shows us that you can also add custom fields. So based on those you have created or are the results of extensions and plugins you have added, you can refine the search on those even more.

custom field settings

Another example of that was mentioned before and that is searching your SKU’s.

search SKU

Searching WooCommerce Order History

When you are in your admin/dashboard of your online store, looking through orders can be a real hassle with the built-in search orders. Again, the fact that you cannot fine-tune them with weight makes it sometimes an impossible task.

With a bit of dropping in some code and, of course, testing to make sure order searches are not showing up in your public search, they have the documentation on their site to help you with this. Once you have done it, the search on your order page will now include things like order status, address, etc, depending on what you choose to add.

You are also able to add SKU’s for product variations with a bit of added code as well.

The SearchWP plugin brings this added search power to your entire site. Because you can fine-tune your WooCommerce-related searches, the ability to do the same for posts, pages and your media adds to the refinement of what you customers will see when they search.

search for pages posts media

You are also able to add stopwords that can be ignored for better search results.

stopwords for search exclusion

And lastly, there are several advanced actions and settings that you can toggle on or off as needed.

advanced settings

The obvious point here by sharing this aspect of the plugin with you is making sure your customers can search for the products you want them to find is critical to the success of your online store.

Personally, I have used SearchWP on my site for quite sometime and, trust me, it’s worth it.

So if you are not happy with things as they stand now, I suggest you check out the SearchWP plugin. In fact, I’m sure you will find better results for your entire online store by using it.

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