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Installed ES last night - Easy as 1, 2, 3

Discussion in 'Enhanced Search Support' started by Big Dan, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. Big Dan

    Big Dan Active Member

    Some of my members complained about not being able to search for a few industry specific terms that are less than 4 characters. Not sure why they're complaining now vBulletin had the same limitation, if I recall correctly.

    Anywho my hosting is managed so I had them install Elastic Search, activated the plugin, added a few words, and rebuild the index.

    It was so easy a caveman could do it! :)
     
  2. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    I had Slav help me install it on a test site of a million-plus posts.

    It's going to be a whole new world - allowing for those short words. In my industry, lots of manufacturers are known by two letter codes. Also the names and model numbers are often 2 or 3 characters.

    In terms of speed - I don't yet see a difference - some searches are actually slow, but I suspect that is due to the searches not being done often and therefore not cached, etc.
     
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  3. Big Dan

    Big Dan Active Member

    I noticed searching seemed faster right away but have no statistics to support it.
     
  4. jauburn

    jauburn Well-Known Member

    Isn't it possible to allow 2-letter searches by tweaking the mysql or php parameters? I know we didmthat on my old forum, and we did not need a different search tool to accommodate it.
     
  5. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Enhanced Search isn't related to MySQL search.
     
  6. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    Either way you can allow 2 letter searches - we do so on our ES installation. Works fine...
     
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  7. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    It definitely is.

    Check out our stats for Average Query Time/Fetch Time...

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  8. xIsabel38

    xIsabel38 Well-Known Member

    What does the Index time mean?
     
  9. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    The total time the system spent indexing 44.4 million documents.
     
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  10. trizz

    trizz Active Member

    where did you pull up those ES statistics?
     
  11. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

  12. trizz

    trizz Active Member

  13. jauburn

    jauburn Well-Known Member

    I have often been unimpressed with the search results here at xenforo. I search for an add-on that I know exists, for example, and instead of popping up as the number 1 result, it is buried way down in the list. Some searches have been so frustrating, in fact, that I now routinely use google rather than the forum search tool.
     
  14. trizz

    trizz Active Member

    can you post an example?
     
  15. jauburn

    jauburn Well-Known Member

    You bet. It's quite easy actually. Take any random thread title here or a title of a resource item. Type it into the search bar. Let's take the resource discussion count by waindigo (I picked that out randomly after looking at resources). On xenforo, I typed discussion count waindigo, and that resource appears third. Not too bad. But in google I typed discussion count waindigo, and it's the first thing that pops up.

    I've seen cases where the xenforo search never really got me to where I wanted to go, but Google got me there directly, and with less fuss.

    On my own forum, I've added google custom search (per directions posted here somewhere), and I often find that it's far easier and more effective to use that than to use the built-in search w/ xenforo.
     

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