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How good is the Vanilla forum search?

I'm considering migrating my forum to Vanilla, but seeing how bad search is on another forum that uses it (v2.1.6), I'm a bit concerned: - nothing useful on the first page of results. The post I was looking for had those keywords in the subject.

Imgur - the first result is what I'm looking for.


What has your experience with Vanilla search been like? Is the Webix forum perhaps using it wrong?

If search isn't up to snuff, how difficult would it be to integrate another search engine?


  • vanilla search works perfectly on my site and other vanilla sites i have tried.
    Also, I feel vanilla is the best forum solution for you. I HAVE HAD NO REGRETS USING IT

  • LincLinc Director of Development Detroit Vanilla Staff

    I strongly recommend investigating using the Sphinx integration. It really does wonders for the quality of results. The search limitations in default Vanilla are more a factor of what's possible with just MySQL, which isn't meant to be a search index.

  • second sphinx search.

    mysql isn't really cut out for search indexing.

    grep is your friend.

  • hgtonighthgtonight ∞ · New Moderator

    I third Sphinx search. It is so much better than mysql fulltext search.

    Search first

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