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XF 1.4 Improving the search

Discussion in 'XenForo Questions and Support' started by flowerpot132, Jul 8, 2015.

  1. flowerpot132

    flowerpot132 Formerly mugtree

    I'm not very impressed with the search out the box to be honest.

    Looking at our user search logs, I can see a lot of users are getting zero results which is bad.

    I want one search that searches everything on the forum including the resources section. Users do not know to go to the resources and that search (although looks exactly the same) is only for resources. Just complicating and misleading.

    Can I remove the restrictions on the search like the word is too short or ignoring words like "new".

    Another issue is if the user searches on resources and gets no results, the user then tries a different search term but the view is then for the forum search, not the resources search. :eek:

    So can you help with this please? One powerful search for everything on the site all together.
    Digital Point Search
    IS the advanced search worth it? I need to upgrade hosting right?
  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    That is due to the default MySQL stop word list.
    See points 13 and 14 of the FAQ here: Frequently Asked Questions

    The Enhanced Search add-on doesn't use MySQL search so it doesn't suffer the same limitations, although there is still a default stop word list.
    You need to install the elasticsearch service on the server in order to use it.

    With regards to the quick search, it is page dependent so will adjust depending on the content.
    In order to search everything, you can do it from the main search page: Search | XenForo Community
  3. flowerpot132

    flowerpot132 Formerly mugtree

    Thanks Bogan. Will ask my hosting company about elasticsearch

    Any ideas on the other bits please?
  4. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Which bits?

    I believe I covered them all.
  5. flowerpot132

    flowerpot132 Formerly mugtree

  6. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    There are no configurable options related to the various search fields on each page.

    Any changes would require custom development.
  7. flowerpot132

    flowerpot132 Formerly mugtree

    So there is no way to search everything in one go? resources and the forum?
  8. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

  9. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    What Brogan said.

    You can actually also use the quick search on the forums too. For example:


    As you'll see from the results below, it has found content from the Resource Manager (Resource), XFMG (Media) as well as the forums (Thread, Post). If there were Profile Posts with this content, they would be listed too.

  10. flowerpot132

    flowerpot132 Formerly mugtree

    Thanks. I want the search box in the top right that appears on all pages on our xenforo install (forum, resources, help pages, the lot) to work like this:

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