Support has been upgraded!
The Support Forum is closed. Not to worry! Providing the top quality support you expect and we're known for will continue! We're not ending support, just changing where you submit requests. This will provide you with the best experience possible.
Have you purchased an addon for Connections such as one of our premium templates or extensions with a valid license and you need help?
Please open a Support Ticket in your user account.
Are you using the free Connections plugin? Don't worry, you are still very important to us! We are still providing you with the same high quality support that we're known for.
Please open a new support topic in the WordPress support forums for Connections.
03/26/2013 at 3:06 pm #255171toneeeParticipant
I have purchased the cMap template and Widget pack. I believe both include a search bar. However, the search is insufficient for production use, unless I am misunderstanding something. To demonstrate this, I will use a hypothetical example:
A typical site user will simply search for:
pizza in harlem ny
Based on the above query, your search results will render:
Every Connections entry with “pizza” in the fields selected in settings
Every Connections entry with “harlem” in the fields selected in settings
Every Connections entry with “ny” in the fields selected in settings
The critical problem with this is that a user will ONLY want pizza places in a particular area, not every business with the term “pizza” in the name or “ny” in the address. The search needs to be able to decipher:
Whether the query mentions a business name
Whether the query mentions an area/location
Whether the query mentions a category
Which results are more likely to be relevant
How do you suggest this is handled? Can we pay you to custom build this for us?03/26/2013 at 4:31 pm #255174Steven ZahmKeymaster
Yes, the search, like WordPress, is a simple keyword search. Well, WordPress’s search is till a little more advanced, but definitely nothing all that great. Each update I do improve the search result and provide more options to the user to customize the results so that they can help tune the results a bit. But, I’ll never achieve the level of search you’re looking for. Google, MS, et. al. have legions of engineers to build that type of relational/natural language querying.
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.