Paginated search results
I’m looking for advice on how to modify the search functionality to paginate the results that are returned; i.e. the default functionality returns N matches in each of the following categories: thread title, recent posts and relevant posts, but I would like to allow a user to scroll through repeated pages of search results.
I’ve had a look at search.php and this is structured around returning a fixed number of results for each query, which effectively hides anything that doesn’t come up in the first N results of the search. The concept of listing the results of 3 different queries in one results page also seems to be incompatible with providing a pagination mechanism (which list do you paginate?). I feel that the default method of handling search results is a bit limited and confusing for users familiar with a typical Google-style search that returns one simple list in multiple pages.
I have had a look at the code, but I’m no PHP guru; is there any way of getting the sort of results I would like without fundamentally rewriting the search mechanism?
p.s. not being overly critical here – I think bbPress is a great piece of work!
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