Super Search greatly improves search functionality, allowing for powerful and flexible searching on channel entries in ExpressionEngine. It can be used both as a search engine and as a replacement for the Channel:Entries tag.
The architecture of the add-on borrows from Google's model of constructing search queries. Anything you might want to search for... keywords, channels, categories, statuses, authors, custom fields, date ranges, custom field numeric ranges, etc, can be loaded into a single URI segment with the Super Search syntax. This makes pages highly shareable, flexible and versatile. Searches can be performed in a variety and/or combination of a few different ways:
Super Search supports relevance-based searching, which allows you to create simple or advanced algorithms to control ranking of entries in search results. This is done by using the relevance-related parameters in the Super_Search:Results tag.
Super Search also supports Fuzzy Searching, which basically means that searches can be set to ignore plurals, match up similar words, and suggest other words based on spelling in search terms.
And finally, Super Search includes a Search Curation feature, which is designed to allow manual selection of entry results for keyword searches. This would typically be used as supplimental search results to normal search results, similar to how Google displays sponsored results at the top or side of search results pages.
Super Search 3.1.5 only works on ExpressionEngine 3.3+, but includes a copy of Super Search 2.2.4, which is compatible with ExpressionEngine 2.11.x. If you're still using ExpressionEngine 2.x, you can use the EE2 compatible version until you're ready to upgrade your site to ExpressionEngine 3.x.
The feature chart below is available to assist you in comparing Super Search to other alternatives to help you determine the right solution for your site.
|Super Search||EE Search||Low Search|
Cost & Support
|Refund policy||30 days||30 days|
|Support methods||Free private help desk||Paid private support||Free public help desk|
|Intuitive, modifiable, user-friendly search query strings in URI|
|Ability to save search queries, and parse those into search form|
|Highlight keywords searched on within results|
|Smart excerpts (start the excerpt snippet at term match)|
|Fuzzy Searching (plurals, spelling, phonetics)|
|Keyword suggestions (spelling, phonetics)|
|Ignore searching within HTML code|
|Wildcard searching on keywords (ex: cat*, t*st)|
|Sample templates for quick start|
|Demo site to try before you buy|
|Ignore words list|
|Search cloud/list to display popular or all search terms|
|Predefine collections of filtered entries results to perform searches on|
|Search Curation (manual selection of entry results for keywords)|
|Relevance weighting on custom fields|
|Create advanced Relevance algorithms and weighting|
|Searching with SQL parameters|
|Caching of search results|
|Search through POST|
|Search through GET or URI|
|Extensive support for EE Channel:Entries features|
|Advanced keyword searches (quoted, AND, OR, NOT)|
|Search for ANY, ALL, or EXACT keywords match|
|Search without keywords (just custom fields)|
|Keyword searches on Author names|
|Keyword searches on Category names|
|Search on words within words (ex: search for “cat” displays “catalog”)|
|Set certain fields to be Required|
|Search directly into Titles|
|Search into EE Comments|
|Multiple site search|
|Search on categories|
|Advanced searching on categories|
|Search on authors|
|Search on member groups|
|Search on relationship fields|
|Custom field numeric range (from/to) searching|
|Custom Date field range (from/to) searching|
|Distance searching (based on latitude and longitude fields)|
|Entry/expiry date range searching|
|Search specifically for empty/not empty fields|
|Advanced search:field parameter searching|
|Advanced ordering of results (multiple orderby’s, custom arbitrary ordering)|
3rd Party Support
|Search Index API that allows 3rd party developers to tie into for custom fieldtypes|
|Display 3rd party field type data|
|Advanced Searching on Solspace Tag add-on tags|
|Advanced Searching on Playa relationship fields|
|Advanced Searching on Matrix & Grid fields|
|Searching on Calendar events dates|
|Searching on Exp-resso Store filters|
The latest version of Super Search is 3.1.5. The chart below shows the current technical requirements and compatibility for the latest version of Super Search.
Super Search currently only supports the latest version of ExpressionEngine plus 1 point version back. The red, vertical dashed line represents the cut-off for EE versions we support. EE versions to the right of that line are no longer supported by us with our add-ons. The icon represents an update specifically for compatibility with that EE version. Please upgrade to this add-on version before upgrading to that version of ExpressionEngine.
Date formats below are: M/D/YYYY. As always, we recommend that you always use the latest versions of our add-ons. However, this chart may answer some of your questions about upgrading the Solspace Super Search add-on and ExpressionEngine, and reduce the risk of incompatibility. This chart also serves as a guide to see when support for the latest version of ExpressionEngine becomes available.
|EE 3.4.x||EE 3.3.x||EE 3.2.x||EE 3.1.x||EE 3.0.x||EE 2.11.x||EE 2.10.x||EE 2.9.x||EE 2.8.x||EE 2.7.x||EE 2.6.x||EE 2.5.x|
|3.1.2 3/24/2016||3.1.2 3/24/2016||3.0.0 10/31/2015||
|2.2.4 3/24/2016||2.1.4 4/8/2014||2.1.4 4/8/2014||2.1.3 9/5/2013||2.0.8 5/7/2013||2.0.5 9/19/2012|
Using just a couple of templates and this module, I easily created dynamic product pages, which saved me from having to create those pages separately or in other ways.
Very solid add-on. We find it easy to install and set up, particularly since the documentation is clear. We like that we can tune the search results.
Great add-on. Works as advertised. Being able to display search results and changing the layout based on those results was really handy.
If you're upgrading from Super Search 2.x on ExpressionEngine 2.x, it's recommended that you upload the new Super Search files to your new ExpressionEngine 3.x site directory just before running the EE2 -> EE3 upgrade. Proceed with the following instructions...
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