Search Atom

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Overview 

Searching a website is often a quick way for the user to discover resources that would otherwise be difficult to find through the site architecture.  XPOR has several methods of searching a website.  The simplest is the Search Atom.  This is easy to add to any web page and takes seconds to configure.

This Help Resource describes the Search Atom configuration and explains the search processes that are perfomed in the background, when the feature is used by your visitors.

Guidance

Adding a Search function to your website involves placing a Search Atom on the web page concerned and then configuring how the returned results are presented.

Search Atom

Document Root

Use the Open Folder button to choose the root for your search.  This button will open the XPOR back-end browser to enable you to select the location in your website architecture from where you want the Search to start from. For example, if you want the Search Atom to search your entire website, browse to the website globe and Select it as the Document Root.  Alternatively, if you only want to search a News Channel, browse to the News Channel folder and Select that instead.

Results per Page

The Search Function will return all matching results from your selected Root.  These results are arranged in "pages", ordered by what is considered the most "relevant" results.  You can use Results per Page to specify how many results you want on each page

Abstract Length

The Search Results returned by the Search Atom are listed as Page Titles, with Links to the relevant web page.  In the case of News Articles, this will include a short selection from the News Article "Abstract".  Set the number of characters you wish to display from the Abstract with this Abstract Length control.

Send Results To

By default, the Search results are returned to the Search Atom from where the Search was conducted, using the Results per Page and Abstract Length specified above.  In many cases this is acceptable.  In other cases, you may want to list the results out on a dedicated web page. Once you have made that web page you can use this control to locate and select it for the Search results to be returned to. This web page must have a Search Atom included on it, in the location where you want the results to list out AND configured with Results per Page and Abstract Length.  However, it doesn't need to have the Search Root configured as it is only going to display the results from the first Search Atom.

Send Article Page

When you set up your News Channel and News Items you will also configure the web page that the News Articles are displayed on.  By default the links listed in the Search Return will take the user to this default web page.  However, if you want to take the User to a different page, also set up to display News Articles, you can use this control to select this different News Article page.

Search Atom Results Config

The Search Process

The Search Atom will search the website for all Web Page and News Article objects - plus any objects that you may have built to inherit either of these two object types.  These objects will be searched and returned to the Search Listing page, with the following priorities;

News Article

Name

o   Where the search term contains an AND

  • Multiply rank by 9

o   Where the search term contains a NEAR              

  • Multiply rank by 8

o   Where the search term contains an OR

  • Multiply rank by 7

Short Description

o   Where the search term contains an AND

  • Multiply rank by 6

o   Where the search term contains a NEAR              

  • Multiply rank by 5

o   Where the search term contains an OR

  • Multiply rank by 4

Content

o   Where the search term contains an AND

  • Multiply rank by 3

o   Where the search term contains a NEAR              

  • Multiply rank by 2

o   Where the search term contains an OR

  • Multiply rank by 1

 

WebPage

Name

o   Where the search term contains an AND

  • Multiply rank by 9

o   Where the search term contains a NEAR              

  • Multiply rank by 8

o   Where the search term contains an OR

  • Multiply rank by 7

Meta Keywords

o   Where the search term contains an AND

  • Multiply rank by 6

o   Where the search term contains a NEAR              

  • Multiply rank by 5

o   Where the search term contains an OR

  • Multiply rank by 4

HTML Atom Content

o   Where the search term contains an AND

  • Multiply rank by 3

o   Where the search term contains a NEAR              

  • Multiply rank by 2

o   Where the search term contains an OR

  • Multiply rank by 1

 

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