Super Speedy Search

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Super Speedy Search brings fast and relevant search results to your users and your oft-forgotten site admins. Don’t pull your hair out with basic search which matches too many things, and doesn’t sort them properly.

Our search weights are fully customizable, and we even have our own custom-coded ajax handler to bring ULTRA-fast ajax to your WordPress website.

Stop losing visitors, impress your users, help them find what they need, make your site admins happier, help your site breathe more easily and don’t waste money on expensive 3rd party search, all with our Super Speedy Search plugin.

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Key Features

  • Suggests instantly as you type, based on common phrases from your site
  • Finds matching taxonomies and post types – configure how you wish!
  • Ultra fast, tested against multiple 1 million product stores every release, 20ms response rate with our custom MU ajax plugin file
  • Integrates with our filters plugin to filter categories, brands and attributes by your search string – let your users drill down their search!
  • Fully customise your search results with weights, rules and display options
  • Supports posts, products and all custom post types and post meta
  • Display specific product variations in search results – if someone searches for red dresses, show the red variation images!
  • Speeds up every search area in wp-admin – your site admins will love you. Order search, media search, product search, post search, user search etc.

Unrivalled Speed

We’ve worked hard to make Super Speedy Search faster than all other WordPress search plugins.

20ms Custom Ajax Handler

The default WordPress ajax handler adds a minimum of 0.5s to the response time. This is an unacceptable delay, so we built our own ajax handler which responds in 20ms so your users see suggestions as they type.

Lightweight, Fast, Scalable SQL

Most other search plugins use the slow LIKE operator. This means that as your site grows, your site slows. This is probably why you are here looking at this plugin.

Everything we build, we build for scale. We use fulltext indexes and altered search queries so that speed is always fast, no matter the size of your site, and as a bonus you get far more relevant results.

Our search query takes 0.2s against 1 million products on a $20 per month server compared to over a minute for regular WooCommerce search.


Ajax Search

Instant search results with suggestions, taxonomy matches, a widget panel and posts of any type


Suggestions pulled from post titles as you type, customisable how you wish!

Smart Variations

If using WooCommerce, Smart Variations displays the specified product variations.

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Weighted Search

Every site has different search requirements. Use our weights to tailor results perfectly

Faceted Search

Search applies to your filters/widgets. Let your users drill down and find what they need

Fuzzy Search

Match spelling variations and keyword stems

No third-party servers

Keep things simple and keep costs down with no sacrifice in quality or speed

All post types

Search through all post types with a single search

Auto Index Update

Full-text indexes are automatically updated on your own server

WP Admin search

Fast product search, fast Gutenberg link search, fast everything search in WP Admin

Fast front-end search

Fast ajax and fast full page search results. Faster results for users and lower impact on your server

WP_Query and REST API

We improve ALL of your search if it uses WP_Query or the REST API


Compatible with WPML, Polylang, and Translatepress

ACF Support

ACF Support

Compatible with Advanced Custom Fields

Google Analytics

Google Analytics

Compatible with Google Analytics

Ajax Search Results Panel

When your users search there are 4 sections in the instant (20ms!) ajax results panel:

Search Suggestions

These search suggestions are pulled from the most common phrases used in products & posts on your websites. Our customised fast ajax code means these suggestions appear instantly – as your users type.

GIF of Super Speedy Search dropdown displaying instant search suggestions and results

Taxonomy Suggestions

These can appear underneath the search suggestions or to the right, depending on the options you choose in our plugin.

For example, if you have an author taxonomy and someone searches for ‘Dan Brown’ then they will see the matching Author term for Dan Brown where they can click to be taken to Dan Browns page on your website.

Widget Panel

The Super Speedy Search widget panel lets your place any widgets you like into the search results panel, and have them filtered by the search query.

Products/Post Type Matches

This shows the most relevant products or posts that match your search. There is one section per configured post type. Super Speedy Search is compatible with all post types including custom post types.

Fully Configurable and Developer Friendly

Configure each post type in the ajax results to show in grid or list view, choose where your see-all button goes, how many items to show and more.

Our ajax panels use templates you can copy to your theme folder to override and completely customise how you wish!

Screenshot of all the different config settings for Ajax post types in Super Speedy Search.

Fast front-end search

Super Speedy Search was built to solve WordPress search once and for all in an affordable way. That means ultra-high speed at a regular cost that all site owners can afford.

On our demo $20 per month server, 1 million products are searched and sorted in 0.2s and we test every release against this reference site and others to ensure we never drop any speed. 

Fast wp-admin search

Super Speedy Search intercepts searches against WP_Query and replaces the slow and unscored LIKE queries with fulltext MATCH/AGAINST queries.

This means that everything that uses WP_Query including the REST API and the vast majority of search operations are optimised by Super Speedy Search.

And for cases where WP_Query isn’t used, like with WooCommerce wp-admin product search, we have custom code implemented to speed that up too.

Weighted Search

Having a fast search plugin is not enough, you also need to ensure your customers see relevant results.

Out of the box, Super Speedy Search beats other WordPress search plugins when it comes to showing the most relevant items first.

Our use of multiple fulltext indexes allows us to tailor text-match weights accurately against your items whilst our lightweight & efficient denormalisation of wp_posts, wp_postmeta and the term tables allows us to score items properly and fully.

Standard Text Weights

Score results higher or lower based on text matches in titles, excerpts/short descriptions, content, term names, term descriptions and meta values. We provide tried and tested default weights to get you started.

Screenshot displaying Super Speedy Search Title Weight option

Advanced Meta Weights

You can increase the score of search result items if their postmeta data matches certain rules – e.g. boost instock products higher in the search results, boost articles written in the past 6 months, or boost your featured items and more. Your imagination is your limit.

Screenshot of Super Speedy Search Meta Conditional Match Weight setting

Meta Multiplier Weight

Boost or reduce relevance for items using multipliers based on postmeta values. This lets you improve the search ranking of higher rated items, more frequently viewed items, most sold items, or whatever you wish!

Age Weight

Typically used to reduce the score of older items, our age weights automatically calculate how many hours old an item is and let you adjust the score of the items accordingly.

Screenshot displaying the Super Speedy Search meta date/age weight setting

Weights per post-type

All of our weights can be configured per post-type giving you complete control to adjust how search occurs against your articles versus your products.

Super Speedy Search uses your server

There is only one competitor we know of that even comes close to the speed we achieve, but they do it using expensive third-party servers.

Why third-party servers suck

Third party servers cause a number of problems:

  • Far more expense to you, more maintenance cost
  • Server and search switched off if you don’t pay for managed services
  • High latency between updating items and seeing the results in search
  • Increased chance of downtime – especially if you have no control over the third-party server

Everything is automated

Install, activate, choose settings, save.

Automatic Table Maintenance

We create a copy of your wp_posts table with additional columns added to allow a single fast search to occur against the title, excerpt, content, meta values, tax names, and tax descriptions all at once.

Automatic Index Maintenance

Since we use MySQL fulltext indexes, they are automatically maintained by your own database with you needing to do absolutely nothing.

WP CLI Commands

We know a lot of hosts cancel long running queries so we have WP CLI commands available that you can use for when you need a table rebuild (typically only if you change settings and weights).

Faceted Search – Filter shop filters

Super Speedy Search integrates with filtering plugins (including our own Super Speedy Filters) to allow you to refine your search on the search results page.

For example, if someone searches ‘harry potter’ and you sell books, toys and mugs then the number of harry potter items in these categories will appear on your search results page (as well as the products) where users can drill down to the category they wish to view.

Fuzzy Search

Use our global synonyms or our per-item mispellings to help your users find what they need, even if they mis-type. This is in addition to our automated search suggestions which pull the most likely searched for terms directly from items on your site when we run our table build.

Screenshot of Super Speedy Search settings synonyms tab, including a selection of synonyms,

Smart Variation Search

Super Speedy Search doesn’t only search products, but when it does, it does it well!

If you have product variations and you have different images for each variation, when a user searches for something – e.g. red nike sneakers – the red variation image will be shown in the search results rather than the parent product featured image. This makes your search results look gorgeous and gives your users the confidence to click through to your product pages and make a purchase.

Built and tested against Polish, Greek and English WordPress websites

Everything about Super Speedy Search is multilingual ready, including WPML, Polylang and Translatepress (and presumably others). 

We personally recommend avoiding WPML however because it is slow and not optimisable by our Scalability Pro plugin.

Compatible with everything you use

We have built Super Speedy Search in conjunction with our super users, and they have helped ensure we maintain compatibility with everything you use.

That includes all custom post types, all translation plugins, ACF, WooCommerce categories, attributes, postmeta – everything is searchable and everything is searchable fast!

Frequently Asked Questions Answered by Dave Hilditch

How good is your support?

I work with our customers to drive development forward. We have a highly activate Discord server with a specific channel for Super Speedy Search, and we have a public issue tracker where bugs and feature requests can be recorded.

I release updates to our plugins almost every day. Check the Super Speedy Search change log and the Super Speedy Search Discord channel.

Is Super Speedy Search compatible with page builders?

Yes – Super Speedy Search is compatible with all page builders and full site editors.

Why have I not heard about Super Speedy Search before?

I, Dave Hilditch, have been focusing on perfecting our suite of plugins before promoting them. You can look in the popular WordPress Facebook groups to find plenty people praising my work.

If you’d like to help us out, please share my work with as many people as possible!

Why did Super Speedy Search get created?

I originally made Scalability Pro to solve problems I was experiencing when building massive affiliate websites. There were two key problem areas that were not optimisable inside Scalability Pro – search and filters – hence, Super Speedy Search and Super Speedy Filters came into being.

Who is Dave Hilditch?

I am the founder of Super Speedy Plugins and the creator of all the plugins sold on this website. I am the former Head of Search Technology at Skyscanner, so I know how to make search fast and scalable. I’ve been solving WordPress performance problems almost daily for the past 6 years.

Is there anything missing from Super Speedy Search?

I am constantly developing our plugins and Super Speedy Search has some exciting additions coming soon:

  • Full synonym and misspelling control
  • Auto-selection of variation images in archive e.g. if you search for white t-shirts, it should show the images of the white t-shirt even if the primary image for the product is blue
  • Optional text highlighting and auto-scroll on results page – e.g. if someone searches for ‘dog park’ then the article would have ‘dog park’ text highlighted in yellow and the page would scroll to the first mention of the dog park.

Is there a free trial option? 

Currently, Super Speedy Plugins does not offer a free trial. We do offer a generous 60 day full money back guarantee.

Can I request a feature?

Of course! I love suggestions and I implement suggestions from our users and power users all the time.

If you wish to suggest a feature, first come chat to me about it in the Super Speedy Search discord channel and if it hasn’t already been suggested we’ll create a feature request in our tracker and request comments from other users.

Can I get a refund if I don’t like it?

I hate the phrase “Can I get a refund” which is why I’ve been working tirelessly to make our plugins flawless before promoting them fully.

However, if you want a refund for any reason we will provide one within 60 days. You can also pay with PayPal who also provide a 60-day money back guarantee if you don’t trust my word.


Specification: Super Speedy Search


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Last updated

25th July 2024

Tested up to WP version


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Tested up to Woo version


Minimum PHP version

PHP 7.0



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6 reviews for Super Speedy Search

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  1. Mark F.

    This is precisely the search plugin you need for your WooCommerce website. It performs well with our 50,000+ product catalogue.
    Support from Dave and his team has been excellent and any issues are resolved quickly.
    Thats 5 stars from me!

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  2. Justin Murray

    Incredible woocommerce search plugin, performs great, support is fast if needed, and integrates well into my theme.

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  3. Andrew G. (verified owner)

    I have been using Super Speedy Filters few years now and would recommend it to anyone running a large WooCommerce store. The filters are rapid compared to default WordPress ones and support is second to none. 10/10

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  4. Andrew G. (verified owner)

    I have been using Scalability Pro (also made by WP Intense) for a good few years now with no complaints and recently added Super Speedy Search and their Super Speedy Filters to our site.

    Super Speedy Search is working great on our site which has a hundred or so products, but the products have quite a lot of variations on them. Previously loading the full search results page was getting quite slow. Now with Super Speedy Search, when the customer hits enter or clicks to see all of the products from their search results it displays that page much quicker than any other plugin we have used previously. I’m very pleased with this, it is like some sort of performance wizardry!

    Customer service is great too and being able to get help from the discord server is very quick and convenient.

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  5. Kostas M. (verified owner)

    Amazing plugin to create comprehensive and the fastest search for WP.
    It looks great and does exactly what the information says it will!

    After testing many pro search plugin, we found that SuperSpeedSearch was the only that could handle the amount of our products (300k+)!

    The support we received was fantastic–very timely and helpful! Any question & problem we’ve had has been answered & resolved.

    We were looking for a very advanced plugin and this plugin has helped us do just about everything we were looking for and more.

    Keep going wpintense team!!!

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  6. Shawn T. (verified owner)

    Our current WP websites have been really laggy and despite switching to more powerful servers, we kept encountering bottlenecks until we found WPI.

    We are currently using Super Speedy Search + Scalability Pro and it has been phenomenal with the performance improvements!

    Across 2 of our websites on 1 server, we are looking at 90k MAU with 6k products total.

    Dave has also been a great help with any bugs during the setup process – really speedy response and he sure knows what he is doing!

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