In order to use fulltext search, you need to change the wp_posts table from InnoDB engine to MyIsam. But if you have less then 20 000 posts I would not recommend doing that, as you won’t see any difference in search speed or results. Fulltext search is more for advanced developers, I hihgly recommend not changing anything in the databse unless you are experienced with MySQL.
You can read a quick guide about innodb to myIsam conversion here: https://rtcamp.com/tutorials/mysql/innodb-to-myisam/
But once again, unless you are experienced with mySQL, I don’t recommend changin the engine.
As for the second isse, I will do a debugging soon to see why is that happening. The search might not work sometimes because of that.
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