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Add custom search fields to search in frontend?




29 September 2010 at 4:11am Community Member, 14 Posts


maybe this has been asked a lot of times but I don't get it running...

I want to add some additional fields of my SiteTree object to be available for fulltext search (the one in the front-end)

So in my Page.php if have

class Page extends SiteTree {
static $db = array(
'Teaser' => 'Text',
'TinyURL' => 'Varchar(255)'

   static $searchable_fields = array (
      'Teaser' => array(
         'field' => 'TextField',
         'filter' => 'PartialMatchFilter',
         'title' => 'Teaser Text'

No i entered some text in the Teaser field in the backend and expected the page to be found using the frontend-search.
AR: wasn't found...

Did i miss something?
I use the default search implementation in the Page_Controler:

public function SearchForm() {
      $searchText = isset($_REQUEST['Search']) ? $_REQUEST['Search'] : 'Search';
      $fields = new FieldSet(
       new TextField("Search", "", $searchText)
      $actions = new FieldSet(
       new FormAction('results', 'Search')

       return new SearchForm($this, "SearchForm", $fields, $actions);

   public function results($data, $form) {

      $results = $form->getResults();
       $data = array(
'Result' => $results,
'Query' => $form->getSearchQuery(),
       'Title' => 'Search Results'

return $this->customise($data)->renderWith(array('Article_proc', 'Page'));