search in joomla

Posted on 2011-10-12
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Dear Expert:

I would like to know if it's possible to make a general search on a Joomla site. I mean, not just a search on Joomla articles, but a search on content to any internal link this site has.

Also, is it possible to assign a weight to any page so the more weightly page appear before on the result search ?

Thank you.
Question by:gplana
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    Expert Comment

    From what I gather the search components/plugins dig into the database and search the database for the string you are looking I'm not sure about the weight portion of it as that wouldn't help unless you were searching for lets say the word "test" and you have a paragraph that had 10 "test" words in it...that would probably pull up first.

    To make sure you are including as much of the site as possible in your search, head on over to the search plugins in the plug-in manager.  (This depicts J1.5)
    First make sure they are all enabled and then change the properties to match what you need.

    If you need more help of have a different version, please let me know.  I can post another version's pic.
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    Author Comment

    Thank you for your answer.

    I think I didn't get you. Which extension are you referring to ?

    Also what I mean about weight is, for example, to do some more importance on the news than on the forum posts. For example you can do these weights:

    10: Static pages
      8: News
      7: blog
      5: Forum posts
      3: Comments on forum posts

    Also it would be grate if some extra weight could be assigned for newest content against older one.
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    Accepted Solution

    It's not an's the core plug-ins manager that take care of this.

     plugin manager
    As far as the weight, I don't think these standard plug-ins will be able to handle your request.  However you might need to look into other extensions found here:
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    Author Closing Comment

    Thank you. I will investigate these modules.

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