Help310:Components Finder Manage Content Maps

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Provides an overview of the content maps currently in the Smart Search index.

How to Access

  • Select Components  Smart Search from the dropdown menu of the Administrator Panel
  • Select Content Maps in the left sidebar.



Column Headers

In the table containing indexed content these are the different columns as shown below. Click on the column heading to sort the list by that column's value.

  • Checkbox. Check this box to select one or more indexed content. To select all indexed content, check the box in the column heading.
    Note: Many toolbar actions can work with multiple indexed content.
  • Status. The status of the content item within Smart Search. Published items are shown with a green tick Help30-Article-status-featured-published-feature-manager-en.png; unpublished items by a red circle Help30-Article-status-not-published-feature-manager-en.png. You can change the status of an item by clicking on the icon.
    Note: Changing the status on this screen only affects whether the content item is available in search results and does not affect the content item itself.
  • Title. The name of the Map Group or Content Map.
  • Maps. The number of maps inside the Map Group. Selecting the number will show the maps inside the Map Group.
  • Published Indexed Content. The number of published content items in the Map Group. Selecting the number will show the published content items inside the Map Group.
  • Unpublished Indexed Content. The number of unpublished content items in the Map Group. Selecting the number will show the unpublished content items inside the Map Group.

Column Filters

Above the column headers on the right, there are 2 dropdown input fields, Sort Table By: (preset to 'Title ascending') and a number (preset to '20') to display.


These column sorting input fields shows the current method of sorting applied to the table. Use the dropdown field choices and click the column heading name. Alternatively, click on the column heading to sort the list by that column's value.

This will also change the value in the drop field to correspond with the column header name. The list will then be sorted in order by that column and a sort icon (up or down arrow) will show next to the column name. Click a second time to reverse the sort, which will change the corresponding drop field.

  • Title ascending (default). Shows ordering of selected column, ascending or descending.
  • Number of content maps to display. Shows the number of content maps to display on one page, default is 20 content maps. If there are more content maps than this number, you can use the page navigation buttons to navigate between pages.

List Filters

The List Filters are a series of controls that let you limit what content maps show in the screen. More than one filter may be entered. In this case, only content maps that meet all of the filter conditions will show on the list.

Filter by Partial Title or ID

In the upper left is a search field and 2 buttons.

  • To filter by partial title, enter part of the title and click 'Search' Help30-Search-Button.png
  • To filter by ID number, enter "id:xx", where "xx" is the ID number (for example, "id:29").
  • Click 'Clear' to clear the Filter field and restore the list to its unfiltered state.

Search Tools

Above the column headings, there are 3 dropdown list boxes.


Filter by Status Choose whether to show only published or unpublished maps by selecting the appropriate state from the dropdown list.


The published state of the maps in Smart Search is independent of their published state elsewhere.

Filter by Map Group

Select the Map Group from the dropdown list.


Filter by Max Levels (Content Maps Level)

Lets you show only content maps at or above the specified level in the hierarchy.

  • - Select Max Levels -: Show all content maps.
  • 1: Show only content maps at the top level in the hierarchy (in other words, whose parent is '- No Parent -').
  • 2: Show only content maps in the top and 2nd levels in the hierarchy.
  • 3: Show only content maps in the top, 2nd and 3rd levels in the hierarchy.
  • 4 … 8
  • 9: Show only content maps in the top, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 levels in the hierarchy.
  • 10: Show only content maps in 10 levels in the hierarchy.

Automatic Pagination

Page Controls. When the number of content maps is more than one page, you will see a page control bar as shown below. The current page number being viewed is shaded.

  • Start: Click to go to the first page.
  • Prev: Click to go to the previous page.
  • Page numbers: Click to go to the desired page.
  • Next: Click to go to the next page.
  • End: Click to go to the last page.


At the top left you will see the toolbar.


The functions are:

  • Publish. Makes the selected Map Groups or Content Maps available to visitors to your website.
  • Unpublish. Makes the selected Map Groups or Content Maps unavailable to visitors to your website. An unpublished Map Group will not be displayed as a select list in the Frontend. An unpublished Content Map will not appear in the select list for the Map Group in which it occurs. Re-indexing does not change the published state of Map Groups or Content Maps.
  • Statistics. Shows some basic statistics on Smart Search.
  • Delete. Deletes the selected Map Groups or Content Maps. Works with one or multiple Map Groups or Content Maps selected. You can recover deleted Map Groups or Content Maps by running the Smart Search indexer again.
  • Help. Opens this help screen.
  • Options. Opens the Options window where settings such as default parameters can be edited.

Quick Tips

Content maps allow you to cross-reference your indexed content (articles, etc) to related meta information such as the category in which it resides. Each content item that is indexed by Smart Search is added to one or more content maps that can be used as filters when searching the index.

Content maps are split into 2 parts:

  1. Map Group: These are super-containers for a particular type of information. For example, a Map Group could be "Type", "Category", "Event", "Language" or "Author".
  2. Content Map: Content maps are the actual values for the meta information in a particular Map Group. The Content Maps are, for example, the names of the categories or authors.

These Map Groups and Content Maps are what make up the advanced search panel available on the Frontend. For each Map Group there can be a dropdown select list and the Content Maps are added as values to the respective list. More advanced site builders can override the default layouts and use multi-select lists or checkboxes instead.

It's important to note that Map Groups and Content Maps from different content types are merged into the one list. A Joomla article in a category called "News" and a news feed or contact in a category named the same are mapped to the same Content Map in the same Map Group. This is a little like tagging different types of content with the same label. The effect is that your site visitor does not have to know how your content is classified in order to set the correct filters to find it.

The content maps screen shows all the Map Groups within the Smart Search index together with a number indicating the number of Content Maps within that Map Group and the items within a Contrent Map. Clicking on a Map Groups number allows you to see the Content Map within that Map Group together with the number of content items that belong to that Content Map. A content item can belong to multiple Content Maps within a Map Group as well as to multiple Map Groups.

Smart Search is not enabled by default. If you are new to Smart Search then you should read the Smart Search quickstart guide.

Related Information

Help Screens

Component Description
Indexed Content

Provides an overview of the content items that have been indexed on a Joomla site.

Content Maps (this screen)

Provides an overview of the content maps currently in the Smart Search index.

Search Filters

Provides an overview of the static search filters currently available for use in Smart Search.

Search Filters Edit

This is where you can

  • Add a new Search Filter.
  • Edit an existing Search Filter.

Smart Search Options configuration allows setting of parameters used globally for Smart Search.

Menu Item Description

Used to create a page for Smart Search Results, which can be used in conjunction with a Smart Search module to control Search Results Page's layout.

Module Description
Smart Search

Smart Search is an enhanced site search.