Marketplace Information

Search++ is not available through the concrete5 marketplace. Equivalent information is provided here.

Search++ is a highly enhanced search system for concrete5. With anything except an exact match the core search block will fail to return any results. Unlike the core search block, Search++ can handle searching for all sorts of mixed up and partially matching queries to return a list of pages ranked by relevance.

The navbar search input and all searches on this site use Search++ with autocomplete enabled. Have a play, enter some multi-word searches that you know would be defeated by the core page search and see how they are handled by Search++. Autocomplete is optional, if you would like to experience Search++ without autocomplete, see Search Comparison.

For example, the core search would find "Magic Tabs", but would return no results (other than this page) for any of:

Search++ handles full phrases and individual words, partial matches, stemming, synonyms, abbreviations, acronyms, extended character sets for languages such as German and French with character set transliteration for multilingual searches.

Unlike the core search, Search++ conclusions are not a binary yes/no. Search++ results are built into a ranked list with the best scoring matches at the top.

In addition to the usual search query form and search results page, Search++ can be configured for a live search with autocomplete. Behind the scenes, Search++ makes extensive use of query and result caching to minimize server loading and provide fast response to queries.From the dashboard Search++ is highly configurable to tune searches to provide the best balance of search results for the content of your site.

For a more detailed comparison to the core search block see the demonstration at Search Comparison where we have search inputs and results using the core search block and Search++ with and without autocomplete.


Whilst Search++ is already a mature search solution, there are many ways in which we would like to further develop its capabilities.

The original development was funded as a joint project by a few of my customers who chipped in to the development because they required a search solution that performed more naturally than the core search. Onward development has been funded by subsequent customers for Search++ coming on-board.

With that in mind, Search++ is not released in the concrete5 marketplace. If you would like to add similar functionality to your web site please contact me. We can discuss your requirements and I will ask you to fund some onward development in return for a license. This can be development specific to your requirements or general development.

Think of it as crowd funding with a growing room-sized crowd. Existing users of Search++ will benefit from your investment and you will in turn benefit from subsequent investments.

"Its so cool with the autosuggest search."

"My users have been thrilled with the results. So much better than the native c5 search. I personally really like the ability to define synonyms (especially since my company loves to use three names for every device) and the ability to customize results. We've got almost a thousand users and several thousand pages, and this search handles everything we throw at it."

"The client was THRILLED with the way the search works."

"We have been getting callouts in team meetings for improving the search so much."

"We recently sent a survey out to our users for feedback on the new search, and some of the responses included

'The new search makes the site worth while now, before it was just a pile of stuff',

'This has improved usability 500%!'

'Like it so much better than the previous search.'