Blog

AddSearch makes your PDFs and Microsoft Office documents searchable

Traditionally websites have consisted of HTML-based web pages. They may also reference various document types, such as PDFs as well as Word and Powerpoint documents. These document types contain textual content as well as images that may be crucial for your business. Thus finding the content is of great importance.

In this article, we’ll review information on AddSearch’s document types feature. First, we will describe some use cases to give you an idea where finding PDFs and office documents are important. Then we’ll look at how you can set up document types, what we crawl and index from the documents and how you can filter search results based on the document types.
Continue reading

8 Google Search Appliance (GSA) replacement questions answered

Google has announced that Google Search Appliance (GSA) will be discontinued. According to Google, Google Search Appliance will reach the end of its life (EOL) in 2019. The exact date depends on the license agreement made with GSA customers. Thus many organizations, whether public or private, are required to find a replacement for GSA.

Clip art of Google Search Appliance StackFinding a replacement for GSA may seem like a daunting task. Setting up an on-premise device, such as GSA, from scratch has required technical expertise from hooking up and configuring the device to get the search running.

Migrating from GSA, however, may be a lot easier than you might think. You can acquire a fully-featured search solution as a service which provides features similar to GSA. Furthermore, the search as a service provides support for setting up the search as well as the development of new features GSA may have lacked.

In this article, we will address concerns many representatives of organizations using Google Search Appliance have had. The article introduces the most common questions and answers them. You can see the questions and answers in the table below.

Does AddSearch support 
1. Indexing by crawling, no integration needed?
2. Crawling and indexing content behind a login?
3. Crawling and indexing of multiple domains and platforms?
4. Search filtering and faceted search filtering?
5. User administration?
6. Index PDF and Microsoft Office documents?
7. Migrating from GSA?
8. Developing features on request to meet customers' special requirements?

 

Continue reading

Creative uses for pinning your search results

Many platforms on the internet allow pinning, which will enable you to handpick the relevant content to showcase to your visitors. There are many platforms you can utilize pinning ranging from social media posts and comments to location marking. With AddSearch you can pin search results for a specific search.

In this article, we will take a look at creative uses for pinning search results with the AddSearch Pinned results feature.

Continue reading

Use meta tags to optimize your search results

When you make a search with a search engine you see a preview of the contents of the web page in the search result. Depending on the search engine you will see the title of the page followed by a short summary of the contents. Some search engines, such as AddSearch, also provide a thumbnail to accommodate the textual summary of the web page.

In this article, we will discuss how to use meta tags to optimize the search results. We will first look at the most common meta tags and continue to the custom meta tags that AddSearch supports.

Continue reading

Searching for a Google Search Appliance replacement for federated search?
Google Search Appliance device.
Google Search Appliance (source: Wikipedia).

Google Search Appliance (GSA) has provided federated search for enterprises and public organizations to find content scattered across the web as well as on premises. While GSA has served it’s users for a long time, Google has announced that it will discontinue the maintenance and the support for GSA in 2019 when the last of the customer support licenses for GSA expire. This leaves GSA customers without a federated search solution and an urgent need to find a replacement.

The change may seem daunting as Google Search Appliance has been a great investment. It entails the on-premises installation and configuring the network settings to connect GSA to the web as well as to the existing infrastructure. Needless to say that setting up GSA has required technical expertise.
Setting up a new federated search solution may not be technically as involved project as is the case with GSA.  Many of the replacement options come as a service. This means that the service provider takes care of most of the technical details provided with support.

You can acquire federated search as a cloud-based service with versatile features for setting up the search for the most relevant results for your organization as well as for your visitors.

In this article, we will take a look at the features GSA offers and provide a comparison of what AddSearch, as a replacement option, has to offer. To make sure we’re on the same page we’ll first introduce what federated search is, how to set up federated search using GSA and what features enhance the relevance of the searches. Then we will compare the setup and the features of AddSearch.

Continue reading

Set up your search for better search results

By default, AddSearch provides you with excellent algorithms to return the most relevant search results for your visitor. However, there are special situations where the user needs to make certain results return first amongst the search results. In this article, we will look at how you can set up your search so that the most relevant content will appear on top of the search results. In other words, we will show you how to make your search results better.

Continue reading

Promote the results you want with Pinned results

Pinning the right search results for a specific search can be crucial to your business. While site search solutions have excellent algorithms and can be configured for better search results, there are still occasions when the results need to be handpicked to be promoted.

One occasion for handpicking search results could be a sale for particular products, say iPhones or books from a prolific author. The search algorithm most probably returns the most recent or relevant phones or books in the search results. However, it may not be aware of the items that are for sale and should be promoted.

To respond to these occasions, AddSearch has released a new feature that allows you to pick the best results for a specific search term and promote them in the desired order.

Continue reading

Search Multiple Platforms With AddSearch

These days companies have accumulated content that is fragmented over multiple platforms. Companies might have a blog at WordPress or Medium, instructions, tutorials and FAQs in Zendesk or Intercom. Also, products and services may be located on e-commerce platforms such as Shopify.

Searching content from all of the various platforms separately may require extra effort, and the search results will most likely be in different formats. AddSearch provides a service where the content, fragmented over a variety of platforms, can be aggregated in a single index and rendered uniform for the users with a single search solution.

Continue reading

Google Search Appliance (GSA) vs. AddSearch: Features comparison

Google Search Appliance will be discontinued in 2019.  We decided to see if we could match some of the most important GSA features. We did some research and determined what the most searched features were. As a result, we found the following features for GSA which we compared against a similar or alternative feature provided by AddSearch:

  • Easy setup
  • Enhancing search results
  • User experience
  • Support

Continue reading

What Is AJAX Crawling?

An increasing number of websites make heavy use of Javascript frameworks such as React, AngularJS, Vue.js, Polymer, and Ember. Crawling Javascript-heavy websites poses challenges as the content for these sites is dynamically generated, and crawlers have the ability to collect content only from static websites.

Picture of Javascript code in an editor
Javascript (source: www.maxpixel.net)

Websites that utilize data transfer from the server and rendering the content asynchronously with Javascript are referred to as AJAX websites and the act of crawling these sites as dynamic or AJAX crawling. AddSearch supports AJAX crawling but if you’re looking for ways to make your Javascript-heavy website crawler friendly for other search engines head on over to the next sections of this article and find out more.

Continue reading