Dear Fellow WordPressers.
The Search widget (see footer of any page) doesn't seem to search any of the text I've entered into the Title, Alt, Caption, or Description fields for photos in these galleries. Are the galleries searchable?
If galleries are NOT searchable, that would seem to argue against using the gallery function for any valuable content -- which is to say, any content. One wouldn't want to create a few dozen galleries over time, loading them with great visual and textual content, only to have them not searchable. That would leave only the option of inserting images one at a time into a post, and putting all text into the post itself. Pretty tedious to build, and sacrificing benefits of the gallery function.
I guess a self-hosted solution would afford one the flexibility to develop searchable galleries, but as a small farm without IT resources (aside from my time) we don't really have the interest or wherewithal to self-host. I've scoured the WP Forums and Support areas, and searched the web at large, but haven't found an answer.
My site is only half designed and styled, but before I go any farther with content development, I need to resolve this question about galleries.
Many thanks for your thoughts.
The blog I need help with is indiancreekfarm.wordpress.com.