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Help310:Menus Menu Item Finder Search

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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. Ability to 'can' Smart Search results to specific filters to control a search.


How to Access

Add a new menu item 'Search'

  • Select Menus  [name of the menu]  Add New Menu Item from the dropdown menu of the Administrator Panel
  • Click the 'Menu Item Type' Select button Help30-Menu-Item-Type-Select-Button-en.png
  • Select Smart Search  Search in the modal popup window.

Edit an existing menu item 'Search'


Screenshot

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Form Fields

  • Menu Title. The title that will display for this menu item.
  • Alias. The internal name of the menu item. 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. Learn more about Aliases.

Details

  • Menu Item Type. The Menu Item Type selected when this menu item was created. This can be one of the core menu item types or a menu item type provided by an installed extension.
  • Search Content Maps. Used to search in content map title.
  • Search Filters. Select from list of [Search filter] in dropdown to limit searches to the selected filter. Note: Filters must be created using Smart Search Filters before they are populated to this dropdown list.
  • Link. The system-generated link for this menu item. This field cannot be changed and is for information only.
  • Target Window. This determines how the new page will be opened. Options are:
    • Parent: Open new menu item in parent window. This is the default.
    • New Window With Navigation: Open menu item in a new window with full browser navigation (for example, "back" button).
    • New Without Navigation: Open menu item in a new window without browser navigation.
  • Template Style. Controls the template style for this menu item. A list box will show the available template styles for your site.
    • - Use Default -: Use the default style for the site to show this menu item.
    • [template style]: Select a specific template style to always show this menu item with that style.
Menu item sidebar
  • Menu. Shows which menu the menu item will appear in.
  • Parent Item. The parent menu item for this menu item. Used to determine whether a Menu Item is a top-level item or a submenu item.
    • Menu Item Root: Select the default value if this is a top-level Menu Item.
    • [menu item title]: Select the Menu Item that is this menu item's parent.
  • Ordering. Indicates the order of this Menu Item in the Menu. The default Order is to add the Menu Item to the end of the Menu. This Menu Item will moved to the order position just after the Menu Item selected from the dropdown list. Note: The Order can also be changed in Menu Items.
  • Status. (Publish/Unpublish/Trash) The published status of the menu item.
  • Default Page. (Yes/No) If Yes, this menu item is the default or home page for the site. There must be exactly one menu item set as the default page. You can change the default page in 2 ways:
    • Click on the Home column of the desired menu item in Menu Items.
    • Open the menu item for the new default page and change the Default Page setting to Yes.
  • Access. Who has access to this menu item. Default options are:
    • Public: Everyone has access.
    • Guest: Everyone has access.
    • Registered: Only registered users have access.
    • Special: Only users with author status or higher have access.
    • Super Users: Only super users have access.
  • Language. Select the language for this menu item. If you are not using the multi-language feature of Joomla, keep the default of All.
  • Note. Menu item note. This is normally for the site administrator's use (for example, to document information about this menu item) and does not show in the Frontend of the site.

Options

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  • Date Filters. (Use Global/Show/Hide) Show or Hide the start and end date filters in Advanced Search.
  • Advanced Search. (Use Global/Show/Hide) Users should be able to see the Advanced Search.
  • Expand Advanced Search. (Use Global/Show/Hide) Show or Hide Advanced Search in expanded state by default.
  • Result Description. (Use Global/Show/Hide) Show or Hide a description under link in search results.
  • Description Length. Number of characters of the description in search results. Enter [number] in field, default is 255.
  • Result URL. (Use Global/Show/Hide) Show or Hide the result item's URL in search results. The URL is located under the description.

Advanced

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  • Display Select. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Whether to hide or show the Display # control that allows the user to select the number of items to show in the list.
  • Pagination. Show or hide Pagination support. Pagination provides page links at the bottom of the page that allow the User to navigate to additional pages. These are needed if the listed items will not fit on one page.
    • Use Global: Use the default value from the component options screen.
    • Auto: Pagination links shown if needed.
    • Show: Pagination links shown if needed.
    • Hide: Pagination links not shown. Note: In this case, Users will not be able to navigate to additional pages.
  • Pagination Results. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or Hide the current page number and total pages (e.g., "Page 1 of 2") at the bottom of each page. Use Global will use the default value from the component options.
  • Allow Empty Search. (Use Global/Yes/No) Only if a filter is selected. Allows an empty search string to initiate a search with the filter constraints.
  • Did You Mean. (Use Global/Yes/No) Whether to suggest alternative search terms when a search produces no result.
  • Query Explanation. (Use Global/Yes/No) Show or Hide a detailed explanation of the search requested.
  • Sort Field. Field to sort the search results.
  • Relevance.
  • Date.
  • List price.
  • Use Global: Use the default value from the Smart Search options.
  • Sort Direction. (Use Global/Descending/Ascending) Direction to sort search results.

Integration

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  • Show Feed Link. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or hide an RSS Feed Link. A Feed Link will show up as a feed icon in the address bar of most browsers.

Link Type

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  • Link Title Attribute. An optional, custom description for the title attribute of the menu hyperlink.
  • Link Class. An optional class to apply to the menu hyperlink.
  • Link Image. Select an image to use with 'Menu Title'. Use 'Add Menu Title' set to 'No' to show just image.
  • Image Class. The class which is added to the image (src tag).
  • Add Menu Title. (Yes/No) If optional image is selected, shows a 'Menu Title' next to image.
  • Display in Menu. (Yes/No) Select 'No' if you want to exclude this menu item from displaying in the menu. Note: Any submenu items will also be hidden.

Page Display

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  • Browser Page Title. Optional text for the "Browser page title" element. If blank, a default value is used based on the Menu Item Title.
  • Show Page Heading. (Use Global/Yes/No). Show or hide the Browser Page Title in the heading of the page (If no optional text entered - will default to value based on the Menu Item Title). The Page heading is usually displayed inside the H1 tag.
  • Page Heading. Optional alternative text for the Page heading.
  • Page Class. Optional CSS class to add to elements in this page. This allows CSS styling specific to this page.

Metadata

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  • Meta Description. An optional paragraph to be used as the description of the page in the HTML output. This will generally display in the results of search engines. If entered, this creates an HTML meta element with a name attribute of "description" and a content attribute equal to the entered text.
  • Meta Keywords. Optional entry for keywords. Must be entered separated by commas (for example, "cats, dogs, pets") and may be entered in upper or lower case. (For example, "CATS" will match "cats" or "Cats"). Learn more about Meta Keywords.
  • Robots. The instructions for web "robots" that browse to this page.
    • Use Global: Use the value set in Global Configuration  Site  Metadata Settings.
    • index, follow: Index this page and follow the links on this page.
    • noindex, follow: Do not index this page, but still follow the links on the page. For example, you might do this for a site map page where you want the links to be indexed but you don't want this page to show in search engines.
    • index, nofollow: Index this page, but do not follow any links on the page. For example, you might want to do this for an events calendar, where you want the page to show in search engines but you do not want to index each event.
    • noindex, nofollow: Do not index this page or follow any links on the page.
  • Secure. Whether or not to use SSL and the Secure Site URL for this page.
    • Off: Do not use SSL.
    • On: Use SSL.
    • Ignore: Ignore this setting and use the global setting for the site.

Module Assignment

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  • Unassigned Modules. (Show/Hide) Show or hide modules unassigned to this menu item.
  • Unpublished Modules. (Show/Hide) Show or hide modules that are unpublished.


Toolbar

At the top left you will see the toolbar.

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The functions are:

  • Save. Saves the menu item and stays in the current screen.
  • Save & Close. Saves the menu item and closes the current screen.
  • Save & New. Saves the menu item and keeps the editing screen open and ready to create another menu item.
  • Save as Copy. Saves your changes to a copy of the current menu item. Does not affect the current menu item.
    Note: This toolbar icon is only shown if you edit an existing menu item.
  • Close. Closes the current screen and returns to the previous screen without saving any modifications you may have made.
  • Help. Opens this help screen.


Related Information

Related Help Screens Description
Components Finder Manage Search Filters This screen shows the static search filters currently available for use in Smart Search.
Components Finder Manage Search Filters Edit This screen allows you to create a new search filter or amend an existing one.
Components Search The Search Statistics screen allows you to see how many searches were done for each keyword combination and how many results were returned for each search.
Components Search Manager Options Details on Component Options

Details on Permissions configuration

Extensions Module Manager Search This Module displays a Search entry field where the user can type in a phrase and press 'Enter' to search the web site.
Extensions Module Manager Smart Search Smart Search is an enhanced site search.
Menus Menu Item Search Results Used to create a 'Search Form or Search Results' page for users to search site's content. Additional, used to control output look of search results or 'can' the results of a search with a menu link for preset search term or terms.