Configure Smart Search In Joomla 2.5

This tutorial will show you how to use the new "Smart Search" plugin for Joomla 2.5. It's very easy to start using, it only takes a few steps

You Will Need:

  • Joomla Version 2.5 installed

Step 1. Sign Into Joomla

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  1. Go to YOURDOMAIN.COM/ADMINISTRATOR
  2. Enter your Username & Password
  3. Click "Log in"

Step 2. Go to Plugin Manager

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  1. Click "Plugin Manager" under the "Extensions" menu

Step 3. Enable Smart Search Plugin

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  1. Search for "Smart Search" in the search area in Plug-in Manger.
  2. Tick Smart Search Plugins
  3. Click "Enable"

Step 4. Go to Smart Search

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  1. Click "Smart Search" in the "Components" menu

Step 5. Index Your Site

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  1. Click "Index" in the "Smart Search Manage Indexed Content" area

(Extra) Step 6. Head to Module Manager

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  1. Click "Module Manager" in the "Extensions" menu

(Extra) Step 7. Create Smart Search Module

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  1. Click "New" in "Module Manager" area

(Extra) Step 8. Select Smart Search

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  1. Click "Smart Search Module" in the "Select a Module Type" popup

(Extra) Step 9. Configure Module

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  1. Enter a title
  2. Select a position. NOTE: Module Positions differ depending on which template you use. Selecting "top" worked for us. You may have to try several different positions to see how it looks.
  3. Make sure the module is published
  4. Click Save & Close

(Extra) Step 10. View On Your Site

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  1. Go to HTTP://YOUDOMAIN.COM
  2. Type in a word to verify that Smart Search is working. You should see the auto-complete lists drop as you type the word.
  3. Use the arrow keys to navigate up and down the list. Hit enter to select a search term or phrase.

Congratulations!

Thats it. Some aspects of this tutorial could be different on your website. For instance, the module positions could be different and the styling of the search could look different.

About The Author

David writes for several websites. Specializing in Joomla, he develops websites like this one in order to provide help to those who need it. He enjoys taking concepts not everyone understands and breaking them down so that it is easy for everyone. On the weekends he can be found having beers with friends, watching soccer and enjoying the outdoors.