Feature #769

Test Out and Consider Installing Sphinx Search Plugin

Added by Matt Gold about 11 years ago. Updated over 5 years ago.

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I saw a few tweets from Daniel about this and thought we should consider this plugin.

- What's the name of the plugin/theme?

- [plugins] In a few words, what does it do?
Provides robust search capabilities with related search options

- How is the plugin/theme different from what's already provided on the Commons?
Need to look at how it plays with BuddyPress; how it plays with the Wiki. To be considered as a possible replacement for the Google Search box.

- What's the potential impact? Who will use it?
Could be used widely.

- Who initially made the request?

- Who is the plugin author?
Info about the plugin in the WP Repo page for it

- Say a little bit about the release history and popularity of the plugin. How many times has it been downloaded? When was it last updated?
3,700 downloads. Last updated in April. Daniel cc'ed on this ticket so that we can get some feedback from him on it.

Related issues

Related to CUNY Academic Commons - Feature #3002: Overhaul CAC search by using external search applianceAssigned2014-01-30


#1 Updated by Matt Gold about 11 years ago

  • Assignee changed from Daniel Bachhuber to Boone Gorges

#2 Updated by Daniel Bachhuber about 11 years ago

Quick bit of feedback on this. I'm meaning to write a blog post about it too on our Tech blog, but I don't think that's going to come today.

Short answer: don't use the plugin, just set up Sphinx on your own. If you're on an Ubuntu box, it's a really simple process (two hours to figure it out on development, and 30 minutes to do on production). You can use the notes I compiled previously. [1]

The only downside to Sphinx is that you'll have to make minor modifications to your theme in order to support it. At the very least, you need to include the Sphinx API class. You can check out our Tech website theme for an example. [2]

I think Sphinx is superior to Google Custom Search for two reasons:

  1. Relevance is based on keyword and other metrics, as opposed to links. I think this makes more sense for internal site search. You can also tweak it.
  2. You don't randomly lose pages from your index when Google decides to drop them


#3 Updated by Boone Gorges over 10 years ago

  • Target version changed from 1.3 to 1.4

This job is bigger than what I want to do for this milestone.

#4 Updated by Boone Gorges over 10 years ago

  • Assignee changed from Boone Gorges to Dominic Giglio

Dom, have you worked with Sphinx before? Would you mind looking into this a bit?

#5 Updated by Boone Gorges almost 10 years ago

  • Target version changed from 1.4 to Future release

#6 Updated by Boone Gorges over 7 years ago

  • Category name changed from WordPress (misc) to Search

#7 Updated by Boone Gorges over 5 years ago

  • Status changed from Assigned to Duplicate

Let's merge this into the more general #3002.

#8 Updated by Boone Gorges over 5 years ago

  • Target version deleted (Future release)

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