WebSite X5 Evo and Pro
With the Search Object, WebSite X5 offers you the possibility of adding a search field to the Header / Footer of the template or as part of the page contents, so that your visitors can use the built-in Search Engine to look for things in your website. The engine will search pages, images, videos, products in the e-commerce shopping cart and the blog: the results of the search are ordered by relevance and displayed in pages created automatically by the Program.
To get the most out of WebSite X5's built-in search engine you need to know that:
The items that the search engine considers in a page are the Title, Description and Keywords (which you can set in the Page Properties > SEO window), as well as the text Contents.
- Images / Videos
The search engine only considers images and videos that have been added to the SiteMap (in Image Object > Sitemap or in Video/Audio Object > Sitemap) and it analyzes all the information that has been given: Title, Caption and Geographical position (e.g. Address, Town, etc) for the images; Title, Caption, Category, WebSite Keywords and Publication Date for Videos.
- Products in the e-commerce shopping cart
The search engine extends its search to include all the products that have been added to the e-commerce shopping cart, analyzing the Name/Code and associated Description (defined in Product Settings > General).
#tip - With the Search Object you can make a general search on the website, including on the products of your store. If you work with the Pro edition, you will find a specific Search page for the online store: this offers a search field as well as some useful filters to help your customers find exactly what they are looking for. For more information see: What's the Product Search page and how to use it
All the Pages in your Blog are included in a search. The search engine analyzes the Title, Author, Category, Tag, Caption and Content of each Post.
- Members' Area
The Pages with login and password access (inside a Members' Area) are not considered by the search engine, unless the user has already logged in.
- Hidden pages
Pages that are Hidden in the navigation menu are treated as normal Pages for the purpose of the search.
- To exclude a page from the search
If you want to exclude a page from a search, select it from the Map, open the Page Properties window and, in the Expert section, deselect the Add this page to the Sitemap option.
The search engine is not case-sensitive: it does not differentiate between upper and lowercase letters.
The various parameters that the search engine considers have different relevance: for example, the occurrences of elements in page titles are considered very relevant. Thus, the occurrences of some parameters are automatically multiplied by a correction factor before being associated with other occurrences.
Depending on the number of occurrences, a element's relevance is calculated and it is positioned accordingly in the Search Results page.