mysql multiple OR NOT LIKES


I have a wordpress plugin that essentially creates a mysql query and returns the results to wordpress.

It is user driven and so can end up in large queries with multiple NOT LIKEs which results in a very slow query.

Any suggestions that I could use to improve:

SELECT field1,field2,field3,field4 from datatable WHERE (title NOT LIKE '%word%' AND title NOT LIKE '%word2%' AND title NOT LIKE '%word3%' AND title NOT LIKE '%word4%' AND title NOT LIKE '%word5%' AND title NOT LIKE '%word6%' AND title NOT LIKE '%word7%' AND title NOT LIKE '%word8%' AND title NOT LIKE '%word9%') AND MATCH (title) AGAINST ("\"brandname\" " IN BOOLEAN MODE) ORDER BY total ASC LIMIT 0,60

The customer is adding a lot of negative keywords to the wordpress plugin which results in larger queries than the one above.


This is most easily done with <a href="http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.1/en/regexp.html" rel="nofollow">REGEXP</a>. For multiple words, use a group like (one|two|three)

SELECT field1, field2, field3, field4 from datatable WHERE title NOT REGEXP '(word1|word2|word3|word4|word5...|word9)' AND MATCH (title) AGAINST ("\"brandname\" " IN BOOLEAN MODE) ORDER BY total ASC LIMIT 0,60


You can use a <a href="http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.1/en/regexp.html" rel="nofollow">REGEXP</a> operation to compare all the patterns at once.

Your query will be something like:

SELECT field1,field2,field3,field4 FROM data table WHERE title NOT REGEXP '^word[0-9]?$' AND MATCH(title) ("\"brandname\" " IN BOOLEAN MODE) ORDER BY total ASC LIMIT 0,60


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