Endless Configuration options

Finetuning the configuration
Forward Search is among the most advanced search product offering easy yet complex configuration options

All search solutions are unique, and in many, if not most solution a need arises to change and augment the default configuration at some point. Forward Search provides a rich set of configuration options, most of which are accessible from the Forward Search Administration client, included with all versions of Forward Search.

Configuration falls into 3 groups: Configuring the indexing process, configuring the search functionality and configuring the Administration client. 

Below, these groups are described in brief, which really doesn’t do the vast configuration options of Forward Search quite justice. 

You are therefore encouraged to enquire for more information about the vast possibilities available simply by changing configuration for Forward Search.

The indexing process

The majority of configuration options concerns the indexing process. The configuration of the indexing includes these areas:

  • Page filtering: Configure which pages to include in the indexing using inclusion and exclusion patterns.
  • Custom fields: Configuring which custom fields to create and populate with what contents and with which special analyzing and storing options, including the field boosting option and special facet field options.
  • Auto-Categorization: Specify the path patterns that dictate the population of the category field.
  • Field inheritance: Configure how field values are inherited from parent documents to child documents when using the inheritance feature of Forward Search.
  • Geo-spatial settings: Configuring how the Geo Search module optimizes the Geo Search capability of the installation.
  • Post Processor: Specify Document Modification modules and filters for each source and index attached to the post processer.
  • Scheduler: Configure the scheduled indexing tasks.

The Search functionality

Searching is basically a question of sending search queries to the webservice “search” interface method, and render the result. The exact interpretation of the search query is for the most part fixed and the return is mostly the stored field contents, precisely as it was stored, but there are also here a few configurable options.

Search options: Specify the “all-search” fields and stop-words. Set the Hit Highlighting fields. Set the Facet Search fields for the search queries. Specify the logging options for the query.

  • Thesaurus: Maintain the Custom Thesaurus used for search expansions.
  • Search logging: Configure which queries are logged in the search log and popular search words log.
  • Multi-server setup: Specify the relationship between multiple connected Forward Search installations for distributed setup in load-balanced or fail-over server architectures.
  • Geo-spatial settings: Configuring how the Geo Search module expands searches to retrieve the correct number of hit.

The Administration client

Not part of the core Forward Search system, the Administration client still is an important part of Forward Search, and it offers quite extensive functionality configuration, as mentioned below.

  • Language: By adding a localized translation resource, the Administration client changes language.
  • Interface setup: Configure the specifics of the interface display like date-time format and range of choices for several controls, custom log reports, start page and a number of other individual control settings.
  • Role based setup: Configure the available indexes, specific access rights and control panels according to users and roles.