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Searching function in xenforo

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by Mattlion, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. Mattlion

    Mattlion New Member


    In the search function, I would like to know if it is possible to search for the word in long string.

    When I try to search by the "happy" or "test", the xenforo search engine cannot identified all the post.
    (Fail) www.testing.com/1234567890/paperhappystalist.php
    (Fail) happy_test_abcdefg
    (Pass) happy-test-abcdefg

    Would you please advise if full text searching in xenforo could also capable those situation ?
  2. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    You can potentially use * for a wildcard, but what you're after isn't something that the search engine tries to really do. Sub-string matches like that are not good for performance.
  3. Mattlion

    Mattlion New Member

    Thx Mike for the quick reply and advise.

    Using wildcard can handle the sub-string search, but the keyword had not been highlighted in the result list.

    My idea is to build a website which requires to handle plenty of searching enquiry.
    So, beside the sub-string search, I had checked xenforo would allow to adjust the "search minimun length" by admin setting and "ft_word_min_len" in MySQL database in the previous post.

    Xenforo is my prefer option because of XenForo Enhanced Search. I am confident that the search system can obtain higher performance than other forum software.

    In the my early stage,
    Because I am doing the feasibility study and don't have the source code of xenforo, I think the wildcard search can be easily adopted by:

    1. locate the .php file for the search function
    2. find out the variable for the looking up string
    3. if it is the single string, append * at head and tail
    4. submit the search as normal
  4. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

  5. Mattlion

    Mattlion New Member

    Thx digitalpoint.
    It's so great.

    I would pay more effort to study the Xenforo Enhance Search.

    To Xenforo staff,
    Is XF Enhance Search enable in 3 day demo ?
  6. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    No, I don't believe it is.

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