WordPress hosting platform WP Engine announced on Tuesday the Alpha project of WP Engine Search, powered by Elasticsearch. Built into its platform, the feature gives its customers access to “faster, more accurate search capabilities.”
WP Engine has also announced a Related Posts feature, which users can leverage to increase page views and reader engagement with their content. Currently, since the features are in Alpha, customers have to request access to WP Engine Search on its website.
Users of WordPress know that accurate and user-friendly search can be an issue with the popular content management system. WP Engine says its search feature is “quicker and more accurate compared to third-party plugins reliant on data from the WordPress database.”
“WP Engine Search enables WordPress website owners to build powerful, customized search experiences that rival the capabilities of today’s leading search engines and to transform their users’ experiences,” WP Engine CTO and co-founder Jason Cohen said. “Coming off the heels of GeoIP and the HHVM Mercury Platform, WP Engine Search is testament to the open source innovation conducted at WP Engine Labs, which is constantly bringing to market new products and features applicable to the entire WordPress community.”
WP Engine recently raised a $23 million funding round, led by existing investor North Bridge Growth Equity. The company said that it planned to use the investment to continue its global growth, as well as bolster a new innovation roadmap and customer service.
WP Engine Search offers reduced load on the database server, because unlike standard WordPress search, which conducts a MySQL query to find keywords and sorts by data published, WP Engine Search offers real-time search functionality without requiring a full-text data base scan for every search operation, the company said.
The Related Posts feature is integrated into WP Engine Search so users don’t need to sign up with a third-party service. Integrating features like Related Posts in the platform creates stickiness, and also helps cut down on plugins under management.
WordPress plugins can create security headaches as users neglect to update them as patches are issued. WP Engine sends users notifications when their plugins need to be updated.