How to Access
To 'add' a new Search Filter or 'edit' an existing Search Filter, navigate to the Search Filter Manager:
- Select Components → Smart Search → Search filters
Click the 'New' button to create a new Search Filter.
To 'Edit' an existing Search Filter, in Search Filter Manager click on an Search Filter's Title or click the Search Filter's check box and then click the Edit button in the Toolbar.
This screen allows you to create a new search filter or amend an existing one.
Details and Options
- Title. The name of the item. For a Menu Item, the Title will display in the Menu. For an Article or Category, the Title may optionally be displayed on the web page. This entry is required. You can open the item for editing by clicking on the Title.
- Alias. The internal name of the item, also used in the URL when SEF is activated. Normally, you can leave this blank and Joomla! will fill in a default value. The default value is the Title or Name in lower case and with dashes instead of spaces. You may enter the Alias manually. The Alias should consist of lowercase letters and hyphens (-). No blank spaces or underscores are allowed. Non-Latin characters can be allowed in the alias if you set the Unicode Aliases option to Yes in Global Configuration. If this option is set to No and the title includes non-Latin characters, the Alias will default to the current date and time (for example "2012-12-31-17-54-38").
- Status. (Published/Unpublished/Archived/Trashed) The published status of the item.
- Map Count. The number of content map nodes included in the search filter.
- When (Start Date). (Before/After/Exactly) When to search relative to the Start date set below.
- Start Date. The start date of the filter.
- When (End Date). (Before/After/Exactly) When to search relative to the End date set below.
- End Date. The end date of the filter.
- Created by. Name of the Joomla! User who created this item. This will default to the currently logged-in user. If you want to change this to a different user, click the Select User button to select a different user.
- Created By Alias. This optional field allows you to enter in an alias for this Author for this Article. This allows you to display a different Author name for this Article.
- Created Date. This field defaults to the current time when the Article was created. You can enter in a different date and time or click on the calendar icon to find the desired date.
At the top right you will see the toolbar:
The functions are:
- Save. Saves the search filter and stays in the current screen.
- Save & Close. Saves the search filter and closes the current screen.
- Save & New. Saves the search filter and keeps the editing screen open and ready to create another search filter.
- Save as Copy. Saves your changes to a copy of the current search filter. Does not affect the current search filter. This toolbar icon is not shown if you are creating a new search filter.
- Cancel/Close. Closes the current screen and returns to the previous screen without saving any modifications you may have made.
- Help. Opens this help screen.
- Smart Search was introduced in Joomla 2.5 but is not enabled by default in that version.
- If you are new to Smart Search then you should read the Smart Search quickstart guide.