I’m working on a project right now where we’re putting together what we feel will be a revolutionary new type of record label. Of course, this means creating a revolutionary web site as well. In speaking with our designers we’ve laid out a set of capabilities that we’ll need; one of which is search for the site.
This is, of course, not a significant implementation. However, it is yet another thing that one has to worry about (and pay for) when having a site built.
I did a little poking around today to try and determine how WP users might address this specific issue, and, lo and behold, I found a solution that I installed here on the 9GS blog in about 8 seconds.
As you can see on the sidebar, it incorporates some nice AJAX, and includes searches of the blog and Web. You can also configure it to search other things; such as a Flickr set.
It’s a good example, I believe, of the giant strides we are taking towards the day when building useful, efficient sites that can truly help your artistic career is a reality.
As a side note, WP has now set up an official Plugins page.