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Customizing Your WordPress Search

One of the most disparaged tools on any WordPress site, internal search is a powerful tool for helping your users find the content they want if it’s used right. This presentation will cover ways to improve your search form, functions to help with advanced filters and plugins that site owners can utilize to improve their results. We will also talk about content structure in search and ways to improve it. This presentation is for anyone who wants to help their users find their content easier.

The majority of this presentation will be for those with some understanding of HTML and PHP. But there will also be discussions of plugins that non-coders can use to improve their site without diving into code.

The Speaker
Flynn O’Connor is the lead developer for the WordPress development agency Forge and Smith ( He has been working with WordPress for 4 years and loves to give back to the community that has helped him make awesome sites.


Workshop Sponsorship
Thank you to our sponsor, The Network Hub, for providing space for our monthly workshops! The Network Hub is a beautiful co-working space located in the heart of Vancouver. Check them out at


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  • Michael S.

    A very informative and, for me, timely presentation. Thanks Flynn.

    May 17, 2013

  • Flynn O.

    Here are the slides for the presentation. Thanks to everyone who came out!

    1 · May 17, 2013

  • Katherine

    Enjoyed the meetup. It was very informative. Thanks, Mr. O'Connor!

    May 16, 2013

  • M. Diane R.

    Very clear presentation. Used Relevanssi before, but had a minor issue and didn't go back to it. Will take another look.

    May 16, 2013

  • Johnny Z.

    Unbelievable 5 stars out of 5 stars

    May 16, 2013

  • Amanda M.

    apologies - i just got notice of being off the waitlist an hour into the workshop and i live an hour away

    May 16, 2013

  • Scott

    JUST got the notification that I cleared the wait list... 15 minutes into the program. Apologies.

    May 16, 2013

  • Crystal M.

    Accidentally double booked myself. Someone else enjoy!

    May 14, 2013

    • Johnny Z.

      I accidentally quadruple booked myself

      May 16, 2013

  • anil m.

    I would like to attend this meet up

    May 10, 2013

  • Jeff S.

    Will you happen to be discussing Swiftype at all? It looks really slick.

    May 7, 2013

  • Nicolas D.

    Love to, but there's a seat at the Star Trek premiere with my name on it!

    May 7, 2013

    • Morten R.

      Star Trek will stay in theatres for months. Flynn's excellent talk on the other hand is one night only.

      May 7, 2013

    • Nicolas D.

      I know... but I made these plans weeks ago. Bought my ticket and everything! With apologies to Flynn, I'll have to give this one a miss

      May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is exactly what I am looking for. I have a site using the Vantage theme from Appthemes. I need to customize the search for better functionality. See you guys there.

    May 7, 2013

  • Flynn O.

    Someone logged in as me and rsvp'd. removing myself to make room. :)

    May 7, 2013

  • Brian H.

    Search is always important. See you there!

    May 7, 2013

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