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what are users searching for at my forum ?

Discussion in 'XenForo Questions and Support' started by erich37, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    how to see which terms users have entered and searched for on my forum ?

    I do see my users (well, actually "guests") often using the "Search", but I do not know what they are searching for.....
    would be great to have this available to easily see what "guests" to my page are searching for, so I would be able to better target my niche.
  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Currently the only way to see that information is in the xf_search table.
  3. ragtek

    ragtek Guest

    This are only temponary values;)

    The cleanup cronjob deletes all entries older then 1 day!
  4. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member


    But if you check it daily you can see what is being searched for.
  5. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Excellent idea.
    I would assume it would be easy to collect this information.
    With the search term, would it be useful to know the member's name ?
  6. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    an additional idea would be to show publicly what other users have searched for at my website, for example "searches from other users during the last 14 days at this website"
  7. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    ..... I think that's kinda niche.
    I'd be interested in what people search for here though. :)

    But ... I think many people might want that information private ? at least in certain forums.
  8. Rudy

    Rudy Well-Known Member

    Or use a cron job to dump it into another table, or out to a delimited text file. That would save most of the data for future analysis.

    I wrote a search function for a client's product catalog, just so we could see what terms that shoppers were using to find products. It is also interesting because you can see how some incorrectly spell some of the terms, or observe if they are having any difficulties finding specific items. I currently use a stemmer in the search, which finds the root of each search word. I am also considering adding phonetic-based search results underneath the standard results using either soundex or metaphone, which might help shoppers if they can't spell some of the more complicated words correctly.

    Come to think of it, I don't know if any current forum software uses either stemmers or phonetics in searches. Might be a first if XenForo were to adopt these somehow. I am not sure, but one or both may be available via Sphinx.

    I guess it beats using pigeons. :D

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