Better Search v3.0.0 is now available to download or upgrade from the repository. This is one of the largest updates of the plugin and brings several new features including Better_Search_Query which uses WP_Query. It’s more powerful and as easy to use as earlier!

Detailed list of changes in Better Search v3


  • Enhancements/modifications:
    • New option to disable the automatic addition of the stylesheet
    • Custom search results page now displays Sort by and Sorted by
    • New constant BETTER_SEARCH_VERSION that is used to enqueue scripts and styles
  • Bug fixes:
    • If no excerpt_length is passed, the plugin will use the default value from the settings page
    • Better_Search is only initiated if it is a search results page
    • Custom results page excerpt is now highlighted


  • Features:
    • New classes Better_Search_Query and Better_Search. The latter is a wrapper for WP_Query and brings all the power of WP_Query to Better Search. The former is the core class that filters the required functions as well as replaces the older seamless mode implementation
    • New settings to search taxonomies, comments, excerpt, meta, authors and comments. These will all return the posts corresponding where the search term is found in the above fields
    • New parameter bydate if set to true will sort posts by date
    • Advanced Search form now displays the select dropdown of post types that allows to search a specific post type
    • Highlight search terms on pages referred from the search results page
    • New stylesheet which is enqueued on search results page and singular posts/pages
  • Enhancements/modifications:
    • hellip wrapped in bsearch_hellip span tag for easy access
    • Transients will be deleted when the plugin is removed
  • Bug fixes:
    • Resetting settings caused issues for the default styles and color fields
    • Uninstalling didn’t delete the option key from database.
  • Deprecated:
    • PHP 5.x support has been dropped and attempting to install the plugin on these installs will throw errors!
    • Multitude of functions have been deprecated. Check the deprecated.php file for the full list. Deprecated functions will also throw up a warning
    • Aggressive Search mode has been removed
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