New Features

This page lists new features for software releases of Site Search.

Note
For fixes of known issues, see Known Issues.

January 23, 2019 (Version 1.3.6)

There are no new features in this release.

December 21, 2018 (Version 1.3.5)

There are no new features in this release.

November 26, 2018 (Version 1.3.4)

There are no new features in this release.

September 20, 2018 (Version 1.3.2)

New features

Site Search supports these additional languages:

  • Portuguese (pt)

  • Dutch (nl)

  • Swedish (sv)

Improvements

  • Configure the order and naming of tabs – You can now configure the tabs present, the order of tabs, and the naming of tabs.

  • Choose the data source for preview documents – You can now click a data source in the result template editor to preview documents from that data source.

  • Get user-friendly API feedback – The Push API now returns more user-friendly feedback, such as "You need to use strict JSON formatting (no comments)".

August 21, 2018 (Version 1.2.0)

New language features

New features related to language support are:

New Feature Description

Support for languages

Site Search supports the languages English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, and Spanish.

Specify the language of document contents

In CSV, JSON, and Push Endpoint data sources, use a field language to specify the language of document contents. In Web Crawler data sources, map a field that specifies document languages to the field language. Only supported languages can be specified.

Detect document languages

For documents that don’t specify a language, Site Search attempts to detect the language. Only supported languages are detected.

Specify the UI language for an embedded module

The default UI language for all embedded modules is English. You can specify different UI languages as needed, module by module.

Specify the default search language for all Search Boxes, suggested documents, and the Search API

Site Search boosts documents in the specified language, which moves the documents closer to the beginning of search results.

Specify the search language for a specific Search Box module

Site Search boosts documents in the specified language.

Specify the search language in a Search API request

Site Search boosts documents in the specified language.

Override default UI strings

Override individual UI strings in embedded modules.

Other new features

Other new features are:

New Feature Description

Deployment regions

Each Lucidworks Cloud account, including all apps for the account, is hosted on servers in one of two regions:

  • United States of America (USA)

  • European Union (EU)

Display suggestions while users enter queries

Configure a Search Box module to suggest documents or query completions, or to make no suggestions.

Search within topics

Configure a Search Box to only search within the specified topic or topics.

Push endpoints accept multiple documents in a single request

Previously, each request could only contain a single document.

Suggest Query Completions API

Submit a partial query to suggest query completions.

Delete Document API

Delete documents previously pushed to a Push Endpoint data source. Deletion is one document at a time.

Actions from Search Analytics

Action links from Search Analytics streamline processes:

  • From Queries, to create synonyms and manage promotions

  • From Results, to block specific documents

Changed feature

Previously, Site Search captured search analytics data from embedded modules and API requests, as well as from searches and clicking results and so forth in the Admin UI.

In Version 1.2.0, Site Search captures search analytics data from embedded modules and API requests only. Searches and clicking results and so forth in the Admin UI don’t count toward search analytics metrics.

May 22, 2018 (Version 1.1.0)

New Feature Description

Search API

The Search API in Site Search is a REST API that lets apps perform searches. Any app that can make an HTTP request can use the Search API.

Search analytics

Search analytics data includes metrics for queries, results, and users. Metrics for queries include information about the top queries and the top queries that returned no results. Metrics for results include information about the most popular results and clicks on results. Metrics about users include information about the browsers, devices, and web pages or apps from which users search.

Usage

Usage data includes:

  • A timeline of daily search totals

  • The average number of queries per day

  • The average response time

  • The click-through rate

  • The busiest days of the week

  • The busiest times of day

Spellchecking and Did You Mean

Spellchecking detects misspelled search terms and returns results for corrected query terms. Did You Mean detects query terms that might not be optimal (for example, a related term has more results). Site Search presents the related query term as a Did You Mean suggestion.

Display results as cards

Instead of displaying search results as a list, Site Search can display the results as cards. You can specify the number of columns of cards.

Image display

Site Search can fetch images from URLs and display them in search results.

Site Search app UI access

Access to the Site Search app UI is now restricted to administrators and account owners.

March 6, 2018 (initial release)

New Feature Description

Cloud-based search back end

A Site Search app’s back end performs the searches that users request. You can customize aspects of search (primarily the data sources).

Browser-based Site Search app

In Admin mode, configure the Site Search app to use your data sources. Design pages and place Site Search modules on the page. Users can use the Site Search app to search.

Data sources

Configure your Site Search app to index web pages, upload CSV and JSON files, and/or use a push endpoint.

Excluded documents

For Web crawler data sources, exclude specific documents from the index for based on matching exclusion criteria with the URL path.

Modules

Configure Site Search modules for use in your Site Search app and when embedded in web pages of your websites.

Topics

Manage topics that organize search results into tabs based on which data source the documents are associated with.

Synonyms

Manage synonyms, that is, interchangeable and/or replacement search terms.

Blocked documents

Block specific documents to prevent users from finding them in search results.

Promoted documents

Promote documents to the top of search results for specific queries.

Embedded modules

Embed modules in web pages in your websites.