Search Content Advanced 2.2.1

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A great replacement for standard Сontent Search plugin. Advanced version allows you to exclude or include certain categories and articles from search results, limit them by archived or featured articles, search in article titles only.

Features

  • Greatly improved and simplified searching algorithm, comparing to standard Joomla content search plugin.
  • Exclude categories from search results or include only certain categories (or do both).
  • Exclude articles from search results or include only certain articles (or do both).
  • Search areas selection (all, archived, featured or titles only) in front-end for more user friendly experience.
  • Show or hide "Articles" or "Archived" label before category title in search results.
  • Display article image as thumbnail in search results (see instructions on how to enable this).
  • And all other stuff the standard Joomla content search plugin can do.

Change log

2.2.1

  • FIXED: Search query returned wrong results, when categories or articles were excluded/included.

2.2.0

  • ADDED: Display article image as thumb in search results (see instructions on how to enable this).
  • ADDED: Search areas selection (archived, features, titles only) in front-end for more user friendly experience.
  • FIXED: Standard content search plugin not disabled on the first search request (only on the second one).
  • Simplified article selection in admin — now it's similar to categories selection.
  • Greatly improved and simplified search algorithm, which still follows all Joomla standards.
  • Major code optimization.

2.1.0

  • ADDED: Option to search in titles only.
  • Minor tweaks.

2.0.0

  • Initial release.

Screenshots

Demo

Try to search for the word "duck" on our site. You'll get several articles, some with thumbnail to the left of the title.

Compatibility: 2.5 & 3.0

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Step 1: Installation and settings

Nothing complex here. Just install as usual and set up accordingly. Don't forget to read hints for fields in settings — they are very helpful.

NOTE: Standard content search plugin will be disabled automatically on first search request or you may do it manually by yourself.

Step 2: How to add thumbnails to search results

First you have to add an image in Images and Links tab. To enable thumbnails display on search results page copy its template file:

components/com_search/views/search/tmpl/default_results.php

to:

templates/your_template/html/com_search/search

Then edit it and add somewhere inside foreach() clause these lines:

<?php if (isset($result->thumb)) { ?>
<img class="article-thumb" src="/<?php echo $this->escape($result->thumb);?>" />
<?php } ?>

$result->thumb property is a link to article's image, which should be put as SRC of IMG tag. Using the same example you can add thumbnail to any search module or component. The only thing, that might have to be changed is $result variable — it can be $item, $search or whatever particular extension uses.

Unfortunately, there's no easier way to do this due to Joomla limitations.

Additional information

This plugin adds several search areas besides standard Articles area. They allow your visitors to fast-limit search results:

  • Archived articles — search in archived articles only.
  • Featured articles — search in featured articles only.
  • Article titles only — limit search area to article titles.

Combination of areas works in a very predictable way. For example, if Archived and Titles Only areas selected, it'll search in titles of archived articles only. If no area selected, all articles will be searched, including archived and featured if enabled in admin.

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