Creating the Search Experience

Quick Reference

The Google Search Appliance has features that enable system administrators to enhance or personalize the search experience for end users. This chapter provides a quick reference to features, best practices, and Admin Console pages you can use to enhance or personalize the search experience.

Search Experience Features


The following table lists Google Search Appliance features you can use to enhance or personalize the search experience. For each feature, the table lists the page in the Admin Console where you can use the feature and a reference to a section in this document that describes it.

Feature

Admin Console Page

Reference

Alerts, enabling

Index > Alerts

Enabling Alerts

Advanced Search Reporting

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Output Format

Gathering Information about the Search Experience

Date biasing

Search > Search Features > Result Biasing > edit

Using Date Biasing

Document previews

Search > Search Features > Document Preview Module

Providing Document Previews

Domain filters

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Filters

Restricting Search Results by Domain Name

Dynamic navigation

Search > Search Features > Dynamic Navigation

Using Dynamic Navigation to Help Users Explore Results

Expert search

Search > Search Features > Expert Search

Providing Expert Search for Users

File type filters

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Filters

Restricting Search Results by File Type

Filters

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Filters

Using Filters to Restrict Search Results

Front ends

Search > Search Features > Front Ends

Creating a Front End

KeyMatch

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > KeyMatch

Using KeyMatches to Guide Users to URLs

Language bundles

Search > Search Features > Language Bundles

Changing Languages for Query Expansion and Spelling Suggestions

Language filters

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Filters

Restricting Search Results by Language

Meta tag filters

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Filters

Restricting Search Results by Meta Tag

Metadata biasing

Search > Search Features > Result Biasing > edit

Using Metadata and Entity Biasing

My Alerts link, showing

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Output Format

Showing the My Alerts Link

OneBox modules, defining or importing

Content Sources > OneBox Modules

Using OneBox Modules to Integrate Structured Results

OneBox modules, selecting

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > OneBox Modules

Using OneBox Modules to Integrate Structured Results

Page layout helper

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Output Format

Working with the Page Layout Helper

People search (deprecated)

Search > Search Features > Expert Search

Using People Search

Query expansion policy

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Filters

Setting the Query Expansion Policy for a Front End

Query expansion, configuring

Search > Search Features > Query Settings

Using Query Expansion to Widen Searches

Query suggestions. providing

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Output Format

Providing Query Suggestions

Query suggestions, managing

Search > Search Features > Suggestions

Related queries

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Related Queries

Using Related Queries to Suggest Alternative Searches

Remove URLs

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Remove URLs

Removing URLs from Search Results

Result biasing

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Filters

Working with Result Biasing

Result biasing policy, creating

Search > Search Features > Result Biasing

Working with Result Biasing

Source biasing

Search > Search Features > Result Biasing > edit

Using Source Biasing

Translation

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Output Format

Enabling Translation of Search Results

User Results

Search > Search Features > User Results

Providing User Results

XSLT stylesheet editor

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Output Format

Working with the XSLT Stylesheet Editor

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Search Experience Administration Best Practices


The following table lists best practices for creating the search experience. For each best practice, the table gives a reference to a section in this document that describes it, as well as the page in the Admin Console that you use to accomplish it.

Best Practice

Reference

Admin Console Page

Enable advanced search reporting

Gathering Information about the Search Experience

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Output Format

Allow users to choose search results by topic

Using Dynamic Result Clusters to Narrow Searches

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Output Format

Help user explore search results by using specific metadata attributes

Using Dynamic Navigation to Help Users Explore Results

Search > Search Features > Dynamic Navigation

Restrict search results by domain name, language, file type, or meta tag

Using Filters to Restrict Search Results

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Filters

Present recommended links above search results

Using KeyMatches to Guide Users to URLs

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > KeyMatch

Add structured, real-time application data to search results

Using OneBox Modules to Integrate Structured Results

Content Sources > OneBox Modules andSearch > Search Features > Front Ends > OneBox Modules

Enable searching for experts in your organization

Providing Expert Search for Users

Search > Search Features > Expert Search

Provide your own synonyms for use in query expansion

Using Query Expansion to Widen Searches

Search > Search Features > Query Settings

Set the query expansion policy for a front end

Setting the Query Expansion Policy for a Front End

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Filters

Install and activate a language bundle

Changing Languages for Query Expansion and Spelling Suggestions

Search > Search Features > Language Bundles

Present alternative search terms above search results

Using Related Queries to Suggest Alternative Searches

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Related Queries

Translate search results into the user’s language in real time

Enabling Translation of Search Results

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Output Format

Show thumbnail images of documents in search results

Providing Document Previews

Search > Search Features > Document Preview Module

Prevent specific URLs from appearing in search results

Removing URLs from Search Results

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Remove URLs

Influence the order of documents in search results

Using Result Biasing to Influence Result Ranking

Search > Search Features > Result Biasing

Enable or disable result biasing for a front end

Working with Result Biasing

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Filters

Identify problematic query topics for related queries, KeyMatches, and query expansion synonyms

Analyzing Searches that Do Not Return Results

Reports > Search Report

Create a user interface that focuses on your users

Customizing the User Interface

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Output Format

Divide the search index into meaningful partitions

Segmenting Data in the Search Index

Index > Collections

Enable users to set up alerts

Providing Alerts for End Users

Index > Alerts

Enable users to add search results for certain keywords in a specific front end

Providing User Results

Search > Search Features > User Results

Enable search queries to auto-complete and query suggestions to appear as a user types in the search box.

Providing Query Suggestions

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Output Format

Prevent click-jacking web attacks

Enabling/Disabling Click-Jacking Defense

Search > Search Features > Query Settings

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Admin Console Pages


The following table lists search appliance Admin Console pages that are used to create the search experience. For each Admin Console page, the table provides a reference to a section in this document that describes using the page.

Admin Console Page

Reference

Index > Collections

Segmenting Data in the Search Index

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Filters

Using Filters to Restrict Search Results

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Filters

Setting the Query Expansion Policy for a Front End

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Filters

Working with Result Biasing

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > KeyMatch

Using KeyMatches to Guide Users to URLs 

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > OneBox Modules

Using OneBox Modules to Integrate Structured Results

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Output Format

Gathering Information about the Search Experience

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Output Format

Customizing the User Interface

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Output Format

Using Dynamic Result Clusters to Narrow Searches 

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Related Queries

Using Related Queries to Suggest Alternative Searches

Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Remove URLs

Removing URLs from Search Results

Search > Search Features > Query Settings

Using Query Expansion to Widen Searches

Content Sources > OneBox Modules

Using OneBox Modules to Integrate Structured Results

Search > Search Features > Document Preview Module

Providing Document Previews

Search > Search Features > Result Biasing

Using Result Biasing to Influence Result Ranking

Search > Search Features > Dynamic Navigation

Using Dynamic Navigation to Help Users Explore Results

Search > Search Features > Suggestions

Providing Query Suggestions

Index > Alerts

Providing Alerts for End Users

Search > Search Features > Language Bundles

Changing Languages for Query Expansion and Spelling Suggestions

Reports > Search Reports

Analyzing Searches that Do Not Return Results

Search > Search Features > User Results

Providing User Results

Search > Search Features > Expert Search

Providing Expert Search for Users

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