I would like to allow visitors to a site to search for posts based on various attributes (categories, tags, custom fields).

I have tried using Solr, but this doesn't appear to work.

I tried using the MySolrServer plugins for a local instance of Solr and a hosted instance, but the plugin doesn't appear to work.

I also tried using Solr for Wordpress, but the plugin wouldn't enable.

I don't want to use something like Taxonomy Drill-down.

Bearing those points in mind, how can I now try to implement true faceted search that will enable site visitors to search for posts based on attributes?

  • What "various attributes" are you talking about? Tags? Categories? Custom fields? Sep 25, 2012 at 2:03
  • Pretty much - I've updated the question to clarify.
    – James
    Sep 25, 2012 at 10:02
  • What about Relevanssi wordpress.org/extend/plugins/relevanssi According to their key features, Search comments, tags, categories and custom fields.. It also provides more relevant results.
    – Christine Cooper
    Apr 21, 2013 at 19:41
  • Thanks, Christine. I've had a quick look and it doesn't appear to provide a facility of faceted search - just enhanced search across various elements of data.
    – James
    Apr 21, 2013 at 23:19

2 Answers 2


One of my favorite ways to do this is to use the Factious plugin. It is still fairly basic and only has a Sidebar widget by default. However, it has an extenable API(ish thing) that lets you write code to place it elsewhere.

The reasons why I like it are this:

  • Written by people who know what they are doing (Code for the People WordPress VIP Partners)
  • Simple
  • Keeps search within WordPress. For me this is huge I'm always skeptical about using third party services.
  • Extendable

Not sure if that is what you are looking for but none the less it should be a tiny bit easier than writing custom WP_Query and will be a good "get your feet wet" into WordPress' Objects.


I've been working on a plugin (http://wordpress.org/plugins/fantastic-elasticsearch/) that does both faceted search and provides better search capabilities. It doesn't do everything and the kitchen sink, but it is a good starting point (uses ElasticSearch).

  • This is basically "link only". Please provide some detail about what your plugin does and doesn't do why you think it solves the OP's problem.
    – s_ha_dum
    Aug 18, 2013 at 23:50

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