Quick start

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The Dasboard Interface for “WP Solr” Plugin

Upon activating the plugin, a Solr Settings menu is created in the Dashboard menu options.

Select the menu option to configure the plugin.

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Configure Solr

Before you continue, refer to the Installation
Guide
to Configure Solr. Upon downloading the schema.xml and
solrconfig.xml, you can continue to the other options.

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Click on the “I uploaded my 2 compatible configuration files to my solr core” button to continue.

Set Solr Instance Settings
  1. If Solr is hosted locally, select Self Hosted
    Set the fields accordingly. For e.g. Solr Host: localhost, Solr Port: 8983 Solr Path: /solr
  2. If Solr is hosted on gotoSolr, select Other Host
    If your index url is: https://877d83f3-1055-4086-9fe6-cecd1b48411f-index.solrdata.com:8983/solr/e86f82a682564c23b7802b6827f3ccd4.24b7729e02dc47d19c15f1310098f93f/select
    Then you need to set the details as follows:

    • Host: 877d83f3-1055-4086-9fe6-cecd1b48411f-index.solrdata.com
    • Port: 8983
    • path: /solr/e86f82a682564c23b7802b6827f3ccd4.24b7729e02dc47d19c15f1310098f93f
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Upon entering the appropriate data, click on ‘Check Solr Status Then Save’. This option will validate your inputs, and test the connection to the Solr Index Server. In case there is a problem, an error message will be displayed to help you resolve the issue. If the connection is successful your settings will be saved.

Set the Indexing Options according to your Preference

Select the post type, taxonomies and fields which have to be indexed, to optimize the search process. That is, the search will be limited to only the post types, taxonomies and fields you choose to index.
For example, if you select post and
page
, only the content in your posts, will be searched with the search term. Content in custom post types,
comments, and other fields
will not be searched.
Important: If you make any changes in the index settings, remember to click Load Data under Solr Operations, for
the changes to take effect.

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Set the Facets Options according to your Preference

Faceted search allows search results to be filtered based on the selected aspects. Example, if you wanted to allow the end user, to filter the results, based on a particular category, you will need to
select ‘categories’ in the ‘Facet
Options’.
This will provide him/her an option, when searching to filter results, based on a particular category
name.

Select ‘+’ to add a new facet and ‘-‘ to remove a selected one.

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Select Options for Search Results

Important to note the option for ‘Replace WordPress Default Search’. If this
option is checked, WordPress default search will be replaced by Solr Search. Else, the default search will still be
available, and you can add the Solr search box in a Page or Post using the shortcode

[solr_search_shortcode]
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Perform Solr Operations
  • Load Data: Load the data as per the index settings.Important: This operation must be
    performed once the plugin is activated, and after any change in the index settings.
  • Delete Data:Delete the loaded indices.
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Using the Solr Search Box

The WP Solr Plugin creates a separate search page with a Solr Search box. The Solr Search box, will be displayed like any other search box. A
broad
match
search is performed on the search phrase or word. By default, the results are sorted by the latest post. Pagination is applied to display ten results per page, by default. This value can be changed in the
‘Result Options’ settings.

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There are several options provided to the end user, to sort and filter the search results.

Sorting Search Results

The search results can be sorted based on the following options:

  • Newest: The results will be sorted based on the latest posts. The newest post will be displayed
    first. This is the default option.
  • Oldest: The oldest post, among the search results, will be displayed first. The results are
    sorted in descending order of post dates.
  • Most Comments: The posts with the most comments will be displayed, sorted in descending order
    of the number comments.
  • Least Comments: Results will sorted based on the posts with least comments. The posts will be
    sorted in the ascending order of the number of comments.
Filtering Search Results

Results can be filtered, based on the facets you have specified in the ‘Facets
Options’
settings. Example, if ‘Category’ is added as a facet option. The user will be able to filter the results on a
category name.

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