Super Search greatly improves search functionality in ExpressionEngine. It allows for powerful and flexible searching across channel entries. 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, 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.
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|
|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|
|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|
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.
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