This page, Setting up automatic Smart Search indexing, from the Joomla! Documentation states that Smart Search automatically indexes content once it has been amended. However, I've found on a site I'm working on that this isn't the case - I have to manually index content for it to appear, or set up a cron job.

How is smart search automatic indexing meant to work? Is it via the 'Content - Smart Search' plugin via a plugin hook? If so, do any other config items need to be set to get it working?

  • What is not indexed in your case? I found that after creating content it indexes it automatically.
    – jackJoe
    Commented Apr 24, 2014 at 13:36
  • I received a report from a client that articles, once created, were not appearing in the search results. Having just looked closer I completely missed the fact they omitted certain categories from the search filter. My bad. Commented Apr 24, 2014 at 14:08
  • Maybe there is a search filter active that does not include some category that may have been created since the initial indexing? or just a search filter that is meant to not include those articles?
    – jackJoe
    Commented Apr 24, 2014 at 14:11
  • That was the case - for some reason the client arbitrarily omitted certain categories that needed to be indexed. Commented Apr 24, 2014 at 15:43
  • FYI. I have no filters setup and the plugins enabled and I still have to manually index my site. Just thought you should know. Joomla 3.8 Stable. Also, they have no search plugin for "title" which I find amazingly stupid. Why can't the front end search work as well as the backend article search... Just wondering. Commented Oct 23, 2017 at 18:22

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In this case, my client failed to correctly configure the Search Filter for the site, omitting certain categories but not others so it appeared as if some content was being missed.

  • The content may have been indexed (you can check that in the smart search admin), they just need to remove the search filter.
    – jackJoe
    Commented Apr 24, 2014 at 16:13

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