September 21st, 2020

  • AddSearch Dashboard
    • Tools to create both crawler and API based indices
    • Pinned results tool improvements for API based indices
  • Search UI library
    • New configuration option to define the query parameter’s name for keyword (by default “?search=”)
  • Widget and separate results page views
    • Fixed an additional issue with displaying “No results” message in some cases.
  • Added multiple new backend settings to fine-tune search functionality. Contact us to learn more.
    • The ranking boost given for exact matches has now additional configuration options
    • The boost given for new documents can now be configured, both by the boost multiplier and the length of its effect
  • Fixed an issue where synonyms containing stop words would be saved correctly

August 21st, 2020

  • Launched Single sign-on (SSO) support for enterprise customers
  • JS Client library
  • Search UI library
    • New setting for “Pagination” component to prevent page scrolling to top when loading a new result page
    • Fixed race condition bug with search-as-you-type implementations when the keyword is erased by holding backspace
    • Clear segmented search results when the keyword is erased
    • See full release notes on Github
  • Pinned results
    • Added ability to pin more than ten results
    • Increased the maximum length of the search phrase from 50 to 100 characters
  • Widget and separate results page views
    • Fixed an issue where the “no results” text was shown when only fuzzy results were found
    • Improved accessibility with “aria-label” attributes in the search field
    • Added support for right-to-left (RTL) text direction

June 22nd, 2020

  • Added multiple new backend settings to fine-tune search functionality. Contact us to learn more.
    • Postfix wildcard to all terms (i.e., blue* car*)
    • Possibility to control word delimiter filters (e.g., split T20 to T and 20)
    • Improved support for SKUs with hyphens
    • Control over multi-term queries rewrite
  • Added new languages to the Language-specific stemming setting. Currently, the following languages are supported:
    • Arabic, Armenian, Basque, Bengali, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Kurdish Sorani, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Added Icelandic translations to the Widget and Separate results page views
  • Fixed an issue with Pinned results where duplicate results were shown in some scenarios
  • Search UI library
    • Added a setting to disable automatic analytics collection: collectAnalytics
    • New setting for filters component to set the order of results when the filter value changes: setSorting
    • See full release notes on Github

May 18th, 2020

  • Big news: Indexing API
    • Push your content through the Indexing API instead of using our web crawler. Great for use cases where your data is well-organized and you want to have full control over what gets indexed. The document schema is customizable and several data types are supported
  • Search API. Multiple features in Developer Preview
    • Custom search ranking with definable field weights (e.g. title is 5x more important than description) and by custom field values (e.g. boost products that are in stock and have highest ratings)
    • Custom ascii folding to control umlauts and carons (e.g. should schön match schon or not)
  • Search UI library
    • New filter type: Range filter. Can be used with numerical or date-based custom fields
    • New facet setting: Sticky. When facets are sticky, multiple facet filters can be enabled simultaneuosly
    • See examples of these new features
    • See full release notes on Github
  • JavaScript client library
    • New feature: Field statistics. With this feature, you get minimum, maximum, and average values of numerical or date-based custom fields with the search response. This information is valuable for example to range filters
    • See full release notes on Github
  • Crawler
    • Added support for a meta tag to control indexing rules for AddSearchBot:
      <meta name=”addsearchbot” content=”noindex” />
    • New feature: Custom crawler headers to pass information to your backend (e.g. to access protected areas)
    • Improved PDF handling with large documents and fixed problems with screen capturing these files

April 15th, 2020

  • AddSearch Dashboard
    • Site area rules: Option to create “contains” or “regular expression” type rules
    • Added a list of latest keywords to the Statistics page
    • Improvements to Pinned results tool’s saving logic
    • Fixed a problem where the last dot in a Promotion’s text got snipped out
  • Search UI library
    • New component: “Load more results” with support for infinite scroll
    • New component: Segmented search results to display multiple results lists with different filters
    • See examples of new (and old) components
    • Improved the logic of how analytics events are sent to AddSearch Analytics Dashboard
    • Various improvements and bug fixes. See full release notes on Github
  • JavaScript client library
    • New fuzzy search mode: Retry. By default, show exact matches only. If none are found, show fuzzy matches for typo-tolerance
    • Support for postfixWildcard (you can add a wildcard at the end of the keyword)
    • See full release notes on Github
  • Search API
    • Return processing time with search queries
    • New features: Range facets
    • See API docs

March 17th, 2020

  • AddSearch Dashboard
    • New Analytics Dashboard with long-anticipated features like Click-through rate (CTR)
    • A new tool in the “Domains and crawling” settings: Text extraction rules. Control which part of your HTML should be indexed by our crawler
    • Index tools got URL history. Frequently-accessed URLs can be easily re-accessed
  • Ready-made UI views (Widget and Separate results page)
    • Added Dutch translations
    • We recommend taking a look at our Search UI library to implement a modern, fully-featured search. Contact us to get help with this
  • Search UI library
    • Added support for Promotions
    • Added icons for PDF, DOC, and PPT results and a placeholder image for search results having no featured image
    • Improved styling and consistency across various browsers and devices
    • See full release notes on Github
  • JavaScript client library
    • Added throttling to API calls
    • New function (sendStatsEvent) to send search queries and clicks to our Analytics Dashboard
    • See full release notes on Github
  • Search API
    • Document types returned with each hit in the document_type field. Type can be html, pdf, doc, docx, ppt, or pptx
    • Size parameter added to the autocomplete endpoint
  • Ajax crawling: Added a possibility to crawl URLs without removing the anchor part (#). Meant for websites that load content depending on the hash part

February 12th, 2020

  • Search UI: New example view with most of the UI components in use
    • Other Search UI updates include sending clicks to the analytics dashboard, a new callback function that when the autocomplete is shown, and more. See full release notes in Github
  • Search API & JS client: Autocompletion from custom fields. For example, keyword “a” from the custom field “brand” could return results like “apple, amazon, audi”. See API docs and JS client for more information.
  • Dashboard: Index tools URL field autocomplete. Start typing a part of a URL in the field to see matching URLs
  • Custom ranking (in preview)
    • Ranking by custom field values: For example, product popularity or ratings can affect the order of search results
    • Adjustable field weights: For example, hits in the product name field can be more important than hits in the description text field
    • Contact us to learn more

January 23rd, 2020

  • Dashboard
    • New feature: Custom fields manager! Use CSS selectors or pick up structural data to custom fields. Custom fields can be used for filters, facets, autocomplete, sort by, and many other use cases
    • Improvements in Index tools: Show custom field values, featured images and make the URL persistent if you navigate out from the page
    • Reorganized Settings section to make it clear which settings are universal and which applies only Widget or Separate results page installations
    • Site area boosts: New tool to inspect a URL and see what site area rule applies to it
  • New Search UI library features to create filter change hooks and to register custom Handlebars helpers. See release notes at Github
  • JS Client library updates to make it possible to post clicks to statistics. You’ll see the click data on your Analytics Dashboard and the data is used in our self-learning search algorithm. See release notes at Github
  • JWT support for search suggestions in a secured search index
  • Updated WordPress plugin with better support for newer WP versions

December 16th, 2019

  • The AddSearch Search UI library is launched! With this library, developers can create fully customized user interfaces quickly and easily.
    • Cut down the time to market: Get a custom UI with no developer resources
    • User interfaces are modern, mobile-friendly, and cross-browser compatible
    • The library is JavaScript framework-agnostic: Works with your stack
  • Check out this simple example to get started, or contact us to learn more.

November 25th, 2019

  • Possibility to sort by custom field added to the Search API and JS client. For example, users can sort products by price or rating
  • Improved typo tolerance: New parameter value “auto” for fuzzy matching in the Search API and JS client for combined non-fuzzy and fuzzy matches
  • Possibility to configure the exact match boost per customer
  • Title filters are now applied from the longest to the shortest. Order of title filters does not matter anymore
  • Custom field filters are now used for pinned results among the organic results
  • Added crawling status information to the Dashboard
  • Optimized screen capturing of PDFs with a lot of pages
  • Fixed a bug causing expired trial customers not being able to subscribe in some scenarios
  • Added support for searchable custom fields. For example, search queries with a product brand or size can match to a relevant custom field from now on
  • Support for defining the data type of custom fields (boolean, date, integer, double, keyword, text)

October 10th, 2019

September 26th, 2019

  • Launched Multi-Factor Authentication for Dashboard login. Enable it from the Security link on Dashboard’s top right corner
  • Added support for organization-specific security settings on the Enterprise plan: Password expiration time, automatic lock-up of inactive user accounts
  • Separate results page: Fixed double encoding issue when the keyword contained an ampersand
  • Implemented multi-factor authentication for payment confirmations for European customers (because of PSD2)
  • New features in the Search API and JavaScript API client library:
    • Possibility to query organic results only (i.e., leave Pinned results and promotions out)
    • Added a way to pass personalization events with the search query
    • A function to change the number of facets to fetch

August 29th, 2019

  • Possibility to sort search results by a custom field added to the separate results page.
  • The length limitation of Promotions removed (previously 150 character limit).
  • Fixed a bug in Search widget that caused infinite scrolling failing if the browser window was zoomed.
  • Multiple new features in the Search API and JS API client:
    • Set the JWT token to access protected search index
    • Personalization related functions
    • Price range filtering
    • Possibility to control the number of search suggestions
    • Facets. Support aggregated counts of matches per facet

July 30th, 2019

  • Search results page: Fixed a bug where the “No results found” text was shown if pinned or promoted results were returned with a keyword not returning any organic search results.
  • Search suggestions autocomplete activated to users in Professional, Premium and Enterprise plans. Contact us if you need any help with the implementation.
  • Fixed a URL encoding issue causing problems with images that have spaces in their URLs.
  • Added functionality to use a JWT protected search engine from the Dashboard’s front page (“try your search”).
  • Dashboard: Add-on prices are now displayed correctly according to the selected payment interval.

June 25th, 2019

  • Search suggestions officially launched. Try it out on our own search bar on the top right corner, or on the search results page. Contact us to learn more about the implementation.
  • New feature: Protected search indices with JWT authentication.
  • Added support for data types in custom fields. For example, a numeric custom field can be used with range filters.
  • New user role: Read-only users (along with regular users and admins). Read-only users can see setting values and search analytics data, but can’t modify anything.
  • Added support for Search suggestions and JWT authentication to the JS client library.
  • Improved support of URLs with Chinese characters.

May 27th, 2019

  • Are you developing on top of our API? Good news: JavaScript client library for the Search API is out now. Use it directly from web browsers or with node.js.
  • New feature: Parsing custom field values from JSON data. Also, support for dates and numbers for range filtering. Contact us to hear more.

May 15th, 2019

  • New feature: Search suggestions autocomplete. Try our own search bar on the top right corner to see search suggestions. API and general availability will be launched shortly
  • Added new language-specific stemming settings: German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish
  • New JavaScript function in results page: clearCustomFieldFiltersByName. Possibility to define initial custom field filters with window.addsearch_settings.filters.custom_fields property
  • Revamped Billing section on Dashboard with a possibility to upgrade or downgrade your subscription plan
  • Fixed a bug causing a delay before synonyms started to work in search results
  • A new website published. Woohoo!

April 17th, 2019

  • New feature: Possibility to set a language-specific stemming that support different word forms (e.g. plurals) in multiple languages and hugely improves support of non-Latin languages (e.g. Chinese)
  • Big performance improvements when searching very long articles (10 000+ characters).
  • Improved styling options in Promotions. Text and background colors work now properly and styles are passed through the Search API as well.
  • Improved Sitemap.xml support so unsupported file types (.mpg, .mp3, etc.) won’t be added to the indexing queue.
  • New setting to the dedicated search results page: Load results without any search term with the “automatic_match_all_query” setting.
  • Fixed an issue where a URL after redirection was not checked against robots.txt.
  • Fixed Google Analytics integration when the old GA script (_gaq) is used.

March 25th, 2019

  • New feature: Promotions! Create promotion ads that are shown with specific, or any, keywords. Available in Large and Enterprise plans.
  • Improved Spanish, Finnish and German translations in search results views
  • For new accounts and added domains, sitemap.xml is crawled by default from now on
  • Improved session handling on Dashboard. Users stay logged in as long as the browser is open

March 5th, 2019

  • Two new settings on the Dashboard: Index meta keywords and enable boosting by publishing date (newer articles get a higher score)
  • Statistics: Popular keywords, keywords with no hits and keywords with no clicks are shown for API customers from now on. Read more on how to feed click events to our analytics
  • From now on, HTTP redirects are followed when we’re downloading featured images
  • Fixed the Pinned results feature when a keyword includes a dash character
  • Widget view: Fixed positioning bug on mobile devices, which caused search results being misaligned in some scenarios
  • Improved filtering against custom fields and fixed the Search API behavior when a custom field name contains spaces

February 7th, 2019

  • New feature: Possibility to set language-specific stemming to your search index
  • Possibility to pin search results directly with an URL on the Pinned results tool
  • Search API: New JavaScript library to send result clicks to our Analytics backend, and all the way to the self-learning search algorithm
  • Possibility to control search widget‘s opening direction with a new setting “results_box_opening_direction”
  • New filter on the dedicated search results page: Filter by price range
  • Ready-made UI’s (Widget and Results page): Improved event listeners to get rid of warnings on Chrome
  • Stability improvements to the AJAX/JavaScript crawling and to the process handling featured images
  • WordPress plugin updated and tested all the way to WP 5.0.3

January 18th, 2019

  • Added support for the Croatian language to hosted search UIs
  • Pinned results rolled out to all customers
  • Revamped navigation structure on AddSearch Dashboard
  • Improved paging beyond results page 9 on the dedicated search results page
  • Fixed an issue causing some HTML hits without a featured image showing a PDF icon
  • Added a possibility to append a custom CSS class name to the search results widget
  • Improved search relevancy if a single page has multiple H1 titles
  • Added support for language-specific stemmers for Enterprise customers
  • Title filters are applied to Search API responses as well from now on
  • Improved handling of RSS feeds
  • Created new ways to crawl password-protected websites. Contact us if you’re interested in hearing more

December 20th, 2018

  • New feature: Custom fields and filtering based on them
  • Pinned results enabled to all customers
  • Real-time site area rules enabled to all customers
  • Search UI: Publishing date can be formatted with a custom JavaScript function defined with date_format_function (widget, dedicated results page)
  • Search widget: Support for right-to-left layout with the direction: ‘rtl’ setting
  • Structural changes to Dashboard’s navigation hierarchy, settings divided to multiple pages
  • Improved supports for languages with non-Latin characters (Chinese, Japanese, etc.)
  • Fixed RSS feed support if URL contained uppercase characters
  • Beta launch of a new organization management tool and limited user roles for Enterprise customers. Contact us if you’re interested to hear more.

November 28th, 2018

  • Launched the Pinned results feature to manually curate search results. This feature is rolled out to existing customers during the following weeks.
  • Launched the UI for synonyms. This feature is rolled out to existing customers with an appropriate plan during the following weeks
  • Launched real-time Site area rules that don’t require re-crawling. This feature is rolled out to existing customers during the following weeks.
  • Launched a feature to export all indexed URLs.
  • Beta support for custom meta tags and filtering against them. For example, it’s possible to define a city name or article’s author in a meta tag and filter search results based on those values.
  • Added a third, optional, attribute to dynamic category filters to prevent search results refreshing automatically after every time filters are modified.
  • Added possibility to pre-define date range filter on load time in Separate results page’s settings.
  • Widget and Separate results page views: Fixed an issue with document date not being shown if doc’s category was defined with a meta tag.
  • Beta-release of a possibility to use both Widget and the Separate results page views simultaneously on the same website.

October 12th, 2018

  • Category filters can be now used to filter search results to PDF files only.
  • Improved Dashboard behavior when the user session expires. From now on you’ll be directed to a login page properly.
  • Improved Regular Expression support for Site area rules. With the prefix regex: you can create complex rules to boost your pages.
  • Added a few new settings to the Dashboard: Show meta description instead of the standard highlight text with search results. Rename search query parameter on the traditional results page (default is ?addsearch=keyword)
  • From now on, PDF’s are opened to a new tab by default. The link target can be adjusted with the new link_target setting though.
  • Added possibility to filter search results by publishing date.

September 28th, 2018

  • Dashboard and hosted demo page: First batch of styling changes released (for example colors and fonts).
  • Started to list Enterprise customers’ payment receipts on the Dashboard’s Billing section.
  • Search-as-you-type Widget: New setting to define the search field’s placeholder text.
  • Improved URL handling on websites serving content over both HTTP and HTTPS.
  • Tightened requirements for password strength.
  • Improved file type detection to index missing Word and PowerPoint files.
  • Created additional options to detect titles in PDF files.

September 11th, 2018

  • Beta-version of our new modal view is added to this website. On desktop computers, the modal view combines our instant search-as-you-type widget with a traditional results view. Try it out on the top right corner: Type something to the search field and press enter. The new results window will open.
    Do you like it? How it could be improved? Send any comments and suggestions at info@addsearch.com.

September 10th, 2018

  • All-new sign-up flow launched for new customers.
  • Added support to crawl websites behind HTTP basic authentication. Form-based auth is supported as well.
  • Improved handling of relative paths in og:image tags.
  • Improvements to PDF indexing:
    • Increased the size of the screen captures we take of PDF files.
    • Started to index meta keywords from PDF files.
    • Implemented a way to save the PDF’s description text from the file’s meta tags as well.
  • Minor style tweaks to the search widget and hosted results page.
  • From now on the value of an og:description tag is indexed if the meta description tag is missing or empty.

August 17th, 2018

  • Our WordPress plugin got updated with a new shortcode: [addsearch]. Use the shortcode to add multiple search widgets to your posts, pages, and navigation.
  • Widget view and Results page translated to Brazilian Portuguese
  • Improved the way apostrophes are handled, especially on French websites. Contact us if you have had problems with apostrophes and you want to try the new method.

August 3rd, 2018

July 17th, 2018

  • Added possibility to pass custom elements from HTML pages to the Search API. E.g. a page can have a meta field: <meta name=”author” content=”John Doe” />. The Search API can return the value (John Doe) with the search result
  • Fixed the hashbang (#!) handling for those still using it (we can also crawl real single-page apps or AJAX sites, e.g. built with React or AngularJS)
  • Fixed the “page limit exceeded” warning on the Dashboard. Contact us to get as large quota as needed 🙂

June 21st, 2018

  • New website out! Contact us if you have any issues with the site
  • Major performance improvements to statistics dashboard

June 14th, 2018

  • A big one: AJAX crawling is launched to Enterprise customers. Contact us if you need a search for a single-page app, such as React or AngularJS app, or you load content with JavaScript
  • Another big one: E-commerce features launched to beta. Includes e.g. indexing and showing pricing information in search results. Contact us if you’re interested to try this out on your web store.
  • Search algorithm changes: Proximity boost tweaked to promote multi-word matches with a small distance between the words. E.g. “big dog” boosts documents containing “dog that is big” and “big angry dog” along with the exact match “big dog”

May 24th, 2018

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