Wait, doesn’t Connections already support search? Well, yes. That was a first attempt. This revision of search has been better optimized for speed which will allow searching of thousands of entries really quickly. It should also, hopefully, return more relevant results. It still could use more tweaking, but for now, this is a much needed improvement.Connections is used on thousands of sites. All of them have different needs and the results of a search they expect are based on those needs. Currently Connections searches most of all its fields and if a hit is found in any of those fields the entry is shown as a result. Depending on your needs this may not yield results that are useful for your visitors. This can now be customized. If the premium template you’re using supports search and you want the search input to only search for zipcodes, you can do that now by simply going into the Connections settings and uncheck all the other fields.
Two things to keep in mind. One, this will also affect the search results in the admin. Two, this is not a setting that should be changed randomly. Why? Because if the db supports FULLTEXT searches the indexes will have to be rebuilt each time you make a change which can be from seconds to many minutes depending on how many entries that have been input into Connections. I do expect most users to fall into the seconds group so this shouldn’t be too much of an issue.