Paul Maiorana, part of the WordPress.com VIP team, made the announcement that WordPress.com VIP cloud customers will be able to utilize the new search functionality.
I said cloud customers because WordPress.com VIP offers two types of services. WordPress cloud hosting as well as WordPress.org (self-hosted) consulting. Both are at a high premium, but that’s the price to pay for being able to work for the highly experienced WordPress.com team.
Back to WordPress search.
The new search functionality is using elasticsearch, also open source software.
I’m really hoping this is the start down the road for better searching in WordPress core, even for self-hosted sites. If you’ve been using WordPress at all over the last 10 years, you would know that WordPress has for a long time, done a bad job of searching. There are lots of plugins to improve search, or even use Google’s custom search engine, but very little has been done to improve the core functionality you get with WordPress.