Acquia Search FAQ

What parts of my website does Acquia Search include in the search index?

When you configure Acquia Search, you decide what entity types get included in the search index and therefore are available to be returned to users as search results. This can include things such as nodes like articles, pages, and blocks, taxonomy terms, users, and files. In addition, you can include file attachments, if you install and configure the Apache Solr Search Attachments module.

Can I search using logical operators?

Yes, Acquia Search uses the Apache Lucene Query Parser Syntax.

Can I search using wildcards?

Yes, you may use "*" (multiple character) and "?" (single character) wildcards. Note that searches may not begin with wildcards or other logical operators.

Does Acquia Search support attachment indexing?

Yes. This feature requires installing and configuring the Apache Solr Search Attachments module. For setup and configuration information, see Indexing attachments.

Does Acquia Search support multisite search? Can I combine multiple content indexes from multiple hosts in the search results on my site?

Yes. This feature requires installing and configuring the Apache Solr Multisite Search module. For setup and configuration information, see Searching across multiple domains.

My website doesn't run in English; what can I expect?

Acquia Search can index sites in most languages, but Acquia Search passes content through a language-specific stemmer during indexing, depending on the search schema you have set for your website. Acquia Search offers search schemas for Dutch, French, German, and Spanish, as well as English. You can search other languages, but the search may produce less relevant search results because partial words, plurals and other variations may not be correctly indexed. For more information, see Selecting a language.

If your site is in a language other than Dutch, English, French, German, or Spanish, contact Acquia support to see whether a search schema specific to that language can be made available for you.

Does Acquia Search support server-side Solr configuration modifications?

You can select standard configurations on the Search page of the Acquia user interface. If you are an Enterprise customer who needs a custom configuration (typically a schema.xml or synonyms.txt file), you should open a support ticket and provide the complete configuration file. Note that the frequency and nature of custom search configuration changes is limited. See Configuring Acquia Search for details. If you need help developing a custom configuration, please contact Acquia sales to discuss your needs and implementation possibilities through Acquia's professional services division.

Can I use the Search API module?

Yes, you can use the Search API module with Acquia Search. This is an alternative to using the Apache Solr Search Integration module. In most cases, we recommend that you use the Apache Solr Search Integration and related modules instead. Based on our extensive experience helping Acquia Search customers with both the Apache Solr Search Integration module and the Search API module, we have found that using the Apache Solr Search Integration module results in a search solution that is more scalable, better performing, better integrated with Apache Solr, and easier to configure and maintain.

Do not attempt to use both the Search API module and the Apache Solr Search Integration module in the same environment.

For more information, read Using the Search API.

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