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Joomla 3.x. How to configure Smart Search

This tutorial is going to show you how to configure Smart Search in Joomla 3.x templates.

Joomla 3.x. How to configure Smart Search

Enabling Smart Search

To enable Smart Search:

  1. Log into your Joomla backend.

  2. Navigate to Extensions > Plugins section.

  3. Search for Content – Smart Search plugin and enable it:

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Smart Search Configuration

To change Smart Search settings, open Components > Smart Search page:

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You will see left sidebar menu with the following options available:

  1. Indexing Content

    • Click Indexed Content from the left-sidebar menu.

    • Select Index button in the top tool bar to begin indexing:

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    • While Joomla is indexing the content of your site, you will see the index progress bar. You will see the following message: “The index tables are being optimised for the best possible performance. Do not close this window”.

    • When indexing process is complete, close the pop-up window and you will see indexed content.

  2. Content Maps

    1. Go to Components > Smart Search section.

    2. Select Content Maps.

    3. You can enable/disable and view content of the site content: author, categories, country, language, region, type:

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  3. Search Filters configuration

    • Components > Smart Search > Search Filters section allows you to manage search filters.

    • Click New to add a new filter:

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    • You can set filter setting on the next screen:

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Smart Search Module Configuration

Now when your content is indexed, the next step is to create Smart Search module:

  1. Navigate to Extensions > Modules section to begin.

  2. Click New to add new module:

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  3. In the next window select Smart Search Module type:

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  4. Change module settings and select module position on the next screen:

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Feel free to check the detailed video tutorial below:

Joomla 3.x. How to configure Smart Search