You may have found the front-end search built into each Tumblr blog is dodgy for partial matches. You can instead replace it with Google, using their Advanced Search to filter results to the domain name of your Tumblr blog. This solution doesn’t visit Google immediately – at least give Tumblr a crack at finding results. But if nothing is found, a link will be shown to try Google instead.

Add the below block to your Tumblr theme template:


No posts found matching {SearchQuery}. Tumblr only searches on full words so instead try Google advanced search for partial matches with spell checker.


I’ve used this approach in a responsive theme just pushed live called Photocentric.