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Search Content Pro

A great replacement for standard Сontent Search plugin. Allows you to fully customize searching process: exclude or include categories and articles, limit search results by archived or featured articles, search in titles, author names, aliases and much more.

Features

 Greatly improved and simplified searching algorithm, comparing to standard Search Content plugin. Can search in almost any article field: text, category, author, title, meta keywords or description and more. Display article image as thumbnail in search results, exclude or include categories and articles, and a lot more.

11.96EUR14.95EUR

Compatibility: Joomla 3.0+

Current version: 3.1.3

NOTE: This plugin will work with standard Search only! For Smart Search you need Smart Search Content Pro plugin.

Do you need Search plugin for another component? Drop us an email to support@thekrotek.com and we will create it for you!

Full list of features

  • Exclude from search or include only selected categories and articles.
  • Select desired search areas and content fields to search in.
  • Hide or display archived, featured and tag areas.
  • Make search case sensitive.
  • Create and display article thumb from assigned image.
  • Hide or display parent and article category as text or link.
  • Expand search to articles tags.
  • Greatly optimized code for faster searching.

Screenshots

Demo

Go to Search page on out demo site and try to search for "defaultsearch". You will get results from all our Search plugins.

To see the backend demo of click the button below and login (username: demo, password: demo).

Frontend DemoBackend Demo

Change Log

3.1.3

  • Show Parent and Show Category options renamed. Check your settings after upgrade.
  • Minor improvements.

3.1.2

  • FIXED: SQL error, when searching in archived, featured or tags areas.
  • FIXED: Language string is missing for Articles placeholder.
  • Minor improvements.

3.1.1

  • ADDED: Search in Tags option to enable searching in tags.
  • ADDED: Article Tags search area to display on results page.
  • ADDED: Article Images and Captions field and search area.
  • ADDED: Category Image and Caption field and search area.
  • FIXED: Category meta not checked for tags.
  • Minor improvements and bug fixes.

3.1.0

  • Extension renamed to Search Content Pro, file name changed. Remove old version after upgrade!
  • ADDED: License check.
  • ADDED: Support for Joomla Update system.

3.0.0

HIGHLIGHTS

Search Content Advanced reached another level of greatness. Instead of having a couple fields to search in you can now fully customize your search. For example, you can limit it by article title and text, category title, author name and email. There're over 15 fields to select from, which allows you to search by almost any available article data!

Each field can also be displayed as search area on front-end. This will give your visitors more control over searching process.

We also optimized and improved search query to increase relevancy of the results and make performance better on large databases.

CHANGE LOG

NOTE: Some option names were changed, new options added. Don't forget to open settings, check them and save!

ADDED:

  • Search Fields option to select multiple article, category and author fields to search in.
  • Search Areas option to allow users to search only in selected fields on front-end.
  • Delimiter option to define delimiter between area and article category.
  • Link Target option to define, how do you want to open links: in the same (Self) or new (Blank) window.
  • Show Parent and Show Category options to hide or display parent area and category name as title or title with link.
  • Custom Parent option to define custom name for parent area.
  • New properties for customization of search results template (see the documentation).

IMPROVED:

  • Archived articles now have direct links to them instead of links to article's month.
  • Search now includes a user, who last modified the article.
  • Users search is now properly limited to actual authors (users, who created or modified any article at least once).
  • Optimized, more stable and fast database query to ensure best performance on large databases and different environments.

OTHER:

  • Some language strings were removed, changed or added.
  • Minor improvements and bug fixes.

2.0.0

  • Greatly improved searching algorithm and Joomla 3 support added.

1.0.0

  • Initial release.

Documentation

Installation

Go to Extensions -> Manage -> Install page, upload distribution package you've previously downloaded and click Install. Before you enable extension you must setup it first.

For plugins: Go to Extensions -> Plugins, find the desired plugin and open its settings. Setup accordingly and only then enable.

For modules: Go to Extensions -> Modules, find the desired module and open its settings. Setup accordingly and only then enable.

For components: Hover your mouse over Components menu item, find the desired component and go to Options page. Setup everything accordingly and don't forget to check Permissions tab.

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

Additional result data

NOTE: Code below is just an example and can be different in your case. Operation itself requires some coding knowledge or help of the professional programmer.

This plugin returns additional data, which can not be displayed automatically due to Joomla restrictions. To display them you need to change your search results template, so it could use additional data:

  • parent_name — Parent area name: Articles, Archived or taken from plugin settings.
  • parent_link — Parent area link: all article categories or archived article month.
  • category_name — Article category name.
  • category_link — Article category link.
  • delimiter — Area and category delimiter taken from plugin settings.
  • thumb — Article image taken from Image tab.

Here's a simple example on how to enable thumbs in search results. First of all, set Show Thumbs to Yes in plugin settings. Then copy default search results template file from:

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='result-thumb' src='<?php echo $this->escape($result->thumb); ?>' />
<?php } ?>

$result->thumb property is a link to article image, which should be put in SRC attribute of IMG tag. Using the same example you can add thumb 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. Class name can also be changed with any name you like.

Same goes to author names. Again you need to edit above mentioned template file and add somewhere inside foreach() clause these lines:

<?php if (isset($result->author)) { ?>
	<span class='result-author'><?php echo $result->author; ?></span>
<?php } ?>

Using these two examples you can add area and category name and link to make your search results better and more user friendly. Unfortunately, there's no easier way to do this due to Joomla limitations.

Using areas

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.
  • Field areas — Limit search area to selected article fields (title, alias, author etc).

Combination of areas works in a very predictable way. For example, if Archived and Search in Article Titles 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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