Hi, I'm Scott Greenwald from JoomlaDirect.com. And in this video, I'm going to show you how to set up the new Smart Search feature in Joomla 2.5.
So, What is Smart Search? Smart Search is something similar to this: I'm sure you've seen it on Google.com. When you start typing in something, the search box will start suggesting terms for you. That's all it is. And Joomla 2.5 has this built right into the core. Let's take a look at how to set it up, because by default it is disabled.
So, let's go ahead and enable the Smart Search. We'll log in to the backend.
The first thing we need to do is enable the Smart Search plugin. So, under Extensions, Plugin Manager, just do a search for "search."
And right here. Content Smart Search. Just press this button to enable it, and there we go.
The second thing we need to do is go over to Components, Smart Search, and we need to index all of our content. Now, your site is probably going to have nothing here. I've already run an index once. So just go ahead and press Index right here. And that's going to build a cache file to run the Smart Search against.
And, it's complete. It may take while, depending on the size of your site and your internet connection. So, close that out. This is basically just a list of words that Joomla is going to run the smart search against.
And, the last step is to enable the Smart Search module. So, we'll go to Extensions, Module Manager. The first thing we're going to do here is check the module position that my current search box is published to. An easy way to do that is to filter the module list by type. I think this is it, position-0.
Let's go ahead and disable that module, and add the new Smart Search module. Just press New. And, Smart Search Module is right here. Give it a fancy title. And, I'm, going to add it to position-0. You can search for position-0 in the module positions popup, or just type it in. And, I want it to appear on all pages. I'm going to leave everything to the default settings. And then press Save & Close.
And, here's our Smart Search module that we just created. Ok, let's take a look at the front-end, and check out the smart search module.
Did it work? Let's see.
And look at that! There is our list of Smart Search auto suggestions. I think it's strange that when you click on it, you still have to press Enter. That's kind of weird. But, here's your search results. Your search term is highlighted here. And, Smart Search also works right here, in the search results search box.
And there we have it! That was the new Smart Search feature of Joomla 2.5
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