Search seems so simple on the surface, but inside it’s a very complex thing (just ask Microsoft why they still haven’t beaten Google at this game). Magento offeres some search options for products, but it’s search is not ‘awesome’, but just OK.
Here are some options I’ve found that return a small set of products that are most accurate.
System > Config > Catalog > Catalog Search 1. Search Type = Combine (Like and Fulltext) - This will catch plurals pretty good as well as slight spelling variants
2. Disable quicksearch for ‘Descriptions’ - This is imnporting in cutting down the cruft in search results.
Wish List for Magento Search.
- Suggested Products. When someone searches for ‘screwdriver’ I want to suggest a certain specific product at the top of the search results.
- Better Synonim support
- Spelling suggestions
- Category Search. If someone searches for ‘boots’ I want to display catagories whose names match that search, e.g. ‘Womens boots’ ‘Mens boots’.
Did this help you out? It took me a few days to piece together all this information together, I hope this saves you some time (who knows, maybe the future me will be thankful I wrote this down). Let me know your thoughts. firstname.lastname@example.org