Search Engine

Regular and Index table engine - what are the main differences?

The plugin offers two separate search engines, the regular and the index table engines.

We generally recommend using the Index Table engine for all installations, the regular engine will do just fine for regular use-cases.

Please check the Index Table documentation on how to configure it.

Regular EngineIndex Table Engine

Okay for smaller databases (>1000 items)

For any database size, but excellent for performance for bigger ones

Slower, as it uses the WordPress tables for search

Very Fast - as it uses the custom generated database for the keyword search

Can do Exact Matches on consecutive keywords

Exact matches are only possible per keyword

Can not search shortcode contents

Can extract and search shortcode contents

Only simple relevance calculation due to database limitations

Excellent relevance calculation - as matched keyword occurences can be calculated

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