When you own a WordPress site, you have to have the search options. Be it voice search in WordPress or the internal search, they should always be up and working because the user might require it at any point in time. Most of the time the users visit your website to find something specific and do not want to spend much time browsing around. This is why the site’s search options should always be highly optimized so that it can offer relevant information to the visitor of your site.
It has been observed that man time the media files search options don’t work for some reasons. Whether you add a new post site or add media options, you get “do not find” the item as a search result even if your site has the particular file. Here we would discuss what you can do if the WordPress search does not work.
Common issues of WordPress search
When the WordPress search is not working, it would be evident in the following ways:
- WordPress search would not be able to show up certain posts as search results.
- The WordPress search box would not be visible on your website.
- The WordPress search is returning with 0 results.
- The WordPress search result page does not load after the visitor has entered a particular search query.
How to fix the issue of “WordPress search not working”?
If the issue happens after installing a theme – Many times, it has been observed that the WordPress search stops working when a new theme is installed and you get the following results:
- You get a “no results found” page or 404 results when you search for particular content.
- If you can find only certain types of pages as search results.
To validate the reason for the issue, switch back to the default theme and check if it starts working. Some of the themes are causes such problems because of coding errors. If your search options work fine after you switch to the default theme, look for pre_get_posts under add_filter calls. You just need to comment off this line “add_filter(‘pre_get_posts’, some_function)” so that the theme cannot interfere the search functionality. You can use a file manager or FTP to perform the changes.
For other reasons, use a search plug-in – To fix the WordPress search not working issue, you can download a search plug-in and use it for your website. Simply follow the steps mentioned below to do it.
- Install the fastest WordPress site search plugin from the official plugin store of WordPress.
- Visit the site “https://cse.expertrec.com/newuser?platform=wordpress” and enter the URL of your WordPress website. Click on next.
- The crawl would get started instantly in the background.
- Now, log in to the admin panel of WordPress, and on the left panel, you will find expertrec’s WordPress plugin. Just click on that.
- Get your API key or site ID from the expertrec control panel and copy-paste it on the control panel of WordPress. Click on the button “save changes”.
By following the steps, your WordPress search would be up and running smoothly for your users to find the appropriate search results. You should also make sure to upgrade to a paid plan before the free trial of 15 days expire.