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Old September 9th, 2013, 01:26 PM
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Originally Posted by nobin View Post
GoDaddy assured me (on three separate occasions, by three separate individuals) that they had no server-level minimum search word length variable defined (in fact, they assured me the minimum word length for searches is one), so they conjectured that this must be something with my specific instance of MySQL or WordPress.
That's correct. It's not a server-level configuration. It is a MySQL configuration setting.

Originally Posted by nobin View Post
Do you know where I can change this limit? I've spent so many hours searching for a place to alter ft_min_word_length, and the only thing I've come across is places saying to "add an options file". I have no idea what that is, where to place it, and what exactly it should contain.
To change the minimum word length, you need to set this: ft_min_word_len=3

Here is more info:

Unfortunately this is something that your host will need to assist with and I have a feeling GoDaddy won't make this change for you... I could be wrong though.

Originally Posted by nobin View Post
Going on the assumption that this is not a global server variable, based on what GoDaddy told me, meaning that it is something that I can actually change, can you please tell me how to change this? This is literally the biggest obstacle we have left before we can launch our site.
This varies from host to host. It typically requires restarting MySQL, too.

Here are a few threads I found regarding the ft_min_word_len setting and GoDaddy:

I hope this helps...