WordPress 3.7 Beta 1 has been released by the WordPress team and while the stable version would only be available next month and it isn’t pegged as a major release, it is heartening to see WordPress is working to resolve some of the core underlying issues, plaguing WordPress today.
Most important amongst them is WordPress Search, which at least in my view is in need of a complete overhaul and WordPress seems to be doing just that and they have announced that WordPress 3.7, search results will be displayed based on relevance, rather than date (which is what WordPress does today). Add to that, if the search keywords match post titles, those posts will be displayed at the very top.
Now this is something which should have been there from the beginning and it is one of the reasons why I use Google’s custom search on my blog, rather than WordPress Search, which I find to be inaccurate, even when you are typing the correct words/phrase.
Of course nothing yet comes close to Google’s Custom Search, as long as your website/blog is indexed properly. The way it auto corrects misspelled words and almost always displays the most relevant post is unparalleled by not only WordPress Search but also the internal search engine of majority of off the shelf scripts out there.
So while it is heartening to see WordPress improving its search function and I hate to rely on Google, for the foreseeable future, I would continue to use it on my blog, just because it makes the most sense for me as well as you.
You can read more details about WordPress 3.7 Beta 1 at WordPress Official Announcement.