Getting Started

So you’ve decided to improve your website by using, and you’re wondering how to get started. Wonder no more – here are the first steps to start taking advantage of your account.

How Does it Work

Install the ElasticPress WordPress plugin onto your site.

Connect to with the ElasticPress plugin.

You’re all set, start indexing your content.

Install the ElasticPress WordPress plugin onto your site

While you can connect to your endpoint with any Elasticsearch client, our ElasticPress plugin is the officially supported integration for our hosted service, and is the best way to integrate WordPress with Elasticsearch.

To install the plugin:

  • Install the plugin using the Add Plugins screen in the WordPress administrative dashboard, or download a zipped up version via GitHub and upload it using the Upload Plugin option.
  • Activate the plugin (network activate for multisite).

Connecting to with the ElasticPress plugin

Capture of Add New Plugin screen in a WP Dashboard while searching for "elasticpress". Two plugins are displayed: ElasticPress and ElasticPress Debugging Add-On.

Before the plugin can do anything for you, we have to configure it using the information provided from your account. When you first visit the dashboard for your newly installed ElasticPress plugin, you will see the setup steps. If you don’t yet have an account, you can sign up for one of our plans. If you already have an subscription, go ahead and hit the big red “Get started” button.

Capture of ElasticPress Installation Page. Four steps: 1. Plugin has been installed, 2. Set up Elasticsearch hosting, 3. Select your features, and 4. Index your content. Step nr. 2 is selected.

Once you have your account set up, come back to finish configuring the plugin. The “Got hosting? Get Started” button should take you to the Settings screen, where you can input your credentials from your account:

Capture of ElasticPress Settings Page. Three fields displayed: Elasticsearch Host URL, Subscription ID, and Subscription Token.

If you’re a code ninja/power user and have done this configuration in your wp-config.php file, you will have skipped step 2, and gone straight to step 3.

Capture of ElasticPress Installation Page with step 3 (Select your features) selected. Five features are listed: 1. Post Search, 2. Instant Results, 3. Autosuggest, 4. Did You Mean, and 5. Protected Content. Features nr. 1 and 3 are selected.

Select the ElasticPress features you want to start with and click on “Save Features”. Step 4 will now be selected.

Capture of ElasticPress Installation Page with step 4 (Index your content) selected.

Hit the big red “Index your content” button, and it will synchronize your content up to the server for you.

Capture of ElasticPress Sync page.

Once your content is indexed, ElasticPress will seamlessly kick in behind the scenes and intelligently route search requests to

When you’re done, you can go to the main dashboard to further configure the plugin to suit your needs.

So, how does it work?

Depending on which features you enabled in the settings screen, the plugin will improve everything from the quality of search results to filtered product browsing speed in WooCommerce, and can add related posts or the contents of uploaded documents to search results.

Whether for your own curiosity or for debugging purposes, if you want a glimpse into queries you can install the Debug Bar and ElasticPress Debugging Add-On plugins to see “under the hood” as content is pulled from the ElasticPress index.

We’ve previously covered some debugging tips on our blog.

Where Do I Go Next?