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Discuss the DataObjectManager module, and the related ImageGallery module.

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Killing for a search method on DataObjects

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Community Member, 2 Posts

27 May 2011 at 6:34pm

I've tried almost everything, nothing worked to me.

I'm testing a site on xampp (apache 2.2.14, php 5.3.1 and mysql 5.1.41) and surprise!!! SilverStripe does not do searchs on DataObjects!!!!

I've managed to create a document manager, multiple files on same DataObject (pdf, images, etc), I got all these working, but can't make any search on summary Text field.

I need some clue on how to do it!! please!!


Forum Moderator, 4102 Posts

31 May 2011 at 3:26pm

There are a number of ways to do it -- the Sphinx module, Lucene module. I prefer to just use Google search. You're not going to beat their search algorithms. You have to pay a nominal fee if you want to skin it, but it's worth it for the search power.

Here's an example of a site that's built out with all dataobjects, and you can see we use Google for the global search function.


Community Member, 44 Posts

18 September 2011 at 9:24pm

Hi Uncle Cheese
Nice work with the Custom Google Search
I am testing integration of a custom Google search and can do so with results be shown on the same page as the KW input search field
(by extending a page type)
What method are you using to have the search input form available on all pages and output to a separate search results page?


Forum Moderator, 4102 Posts

19 September 2011 at 2:00pm

It's a trick. Look closely.. the search form goes to a custom page type, with the query in the URL, and that page has an inline script that just runs the google search asynchronously.

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Community Member, 66 Posts

1 April 2012 at 10:25pm

An alternative to Google : a widget proposed by Exalead (
You can test it on one of my websites if you like :
Just one drawback : you can't customize the results page. But it's free and it works very well !