Using Smart Search
The items searched depends on 'finder' type plugins. The standard finder plugins include Articles and Article Categories, Contacts, Tags and News Feeds. jDownloads adds two finder plugins, one for jD Categories and the other for Downloads.
For reference the old Search method, which is no longer available for Download and Installation, uses 'search' type plugins.
This is much more powerful than using the ordinary Search
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This will give a list such as shown opposite. Ensure that all three of the plugins indiated opposite are enabled. Just click on the to activate the plugin. Note there are numerous 'finder' plugins so the corresponding items will also be indexed.
This is a significant improvement of smart-search as previously one had to periodically re-run the indexing process manually.
Note however if you are adding the smart-search to an existing site with many jDownloads categories and Downloads you may need to run the 'indexer' more than once.
You can use the button on the smart-search Index page to see how many of each type have been indexed.
Click on Components in the main admin menu and then on smart-search.
Next click on Index as indicated in the first image opposite. This shows the Indexer start page.
So click on the 'Start the indexer' button.
In both cases, whilst working the indexer shows a progress bar like the one opposite.
On completion the indexer will show the entries in the index table.
We are now nearly ready to use the smart-search
Create Menu Item
Select 'smart-search' as the menu type and fill in the details as shown opposite. Finally do a Save.
For more details click on Menus Overview (opens in a new window/tab).
In Select Type click on 'search' as shown in .
then set the status to 'disabled' as shown in .
The original simple Search is now fully disabled.
Delete Search Component
The Components Menu in the BackEnd will still have the 'Search' item listed but it will have no effect if you should click on it.
To remove it completely requires accessing the database and searching in the XXXXX_menu table, finding the entry with 'Basic Search' and then deleting that entry. Before doing this it is perhaps wise to make a copy of the database table, just in case....
Updated ColinM April 2023, June 2023, August 2023