Advanced Blog Searching

The SAPIEN blog is full of information about our products, services, sales, and tutorials. With so much information present, sometimes finding what you want involves searching.

There are many ways to search for content in our blog. This article will walk you through the search options.

For broad sorting, you can make use of the Tags or Categories features:

For more precise queries, enter a term in the search box:

For truly granular search results, you must make use of the advanced search box features. In this post, we will explain how.

But first, we must lay some groundwork!

Groundwork

We begin with an assumption that you are familiar with Boolean search logic; please read this if you need a reminder.

Next, it is important to note that search queries made in our blog search box are, by default:

  • Displayed in order by date, newest to oldest
  • Performed with an OR search

Finally, for the purpose of this explanation, search queries without any special characters mentioned below will be referred to as “general search terms”.

Now then, let’s advance!

AND searching

To make sure that specific terms are returned in the search results, you must use an AND search. There are two ways to do this:

Option 1: Check the box next to Search results must include all terms. This will only show results that contain every search term entered:

Option 2: Apply the AND value to individual terms by prepending the “+” operator directly in front of the term. This can be used in a variety of ways:

We recommend only using one type of AND search per query. For clear results, do not check the Search results must include all terms box and prepend a “+” sign to search terms in the same query.

NOT searching

To exclude specific terms from results, you must use a NOT search.

Apply the NOT value to individual terms by prepending the “” operator directly in front of the term.

As with the “+” operator, you can make a query with a combination of search operators. There is, however, one key difference. You must use the “” operator with at least one other search term: either a general search term, or an AND search term:

If your search only includes a NOT search term, you will fail to get any search results:

Exact String Searching

If you wish to search for an exact string, place quotes around the term:

For better search results, limit your query to one sentence or a short phrase.

Note that this method differs from the AND search methods because the quote method is index dependent, whereas the AND search methods are not.

Wrapping Up

To display the operators and a brief description of what they do, mouse over the “?” icon in the search box.

You will also find a link to this post at the bottom of the pop-up menu if you need a refresher on how to use the operators:

With these advanced methods, we hope you find what you’ve been searching for! As always, write to us in the comments below, or send an email to sales@sapien.com.

Thank you for reading!