Similarity for Umbraco V7

Many moons ago I created the Similarity datatype, this was part of the awesome uComponents suite of datatypes. So as a learning excercise I have updated the datatype so that it works with Umbraco V7. You can watch a screencast here. I will be releasing it very soon so watch this space.

New search option for umbraco site

There are currently three search implementations for umbraco:

  1. XSLT search
  2. umbSearch (
  3. Microsoft search server

I would like to propose a 4th alternative Thunderstone webinator. Its a tool I used many moons ago with another CMS.  It comes in 2 flavours hosted or host yourself.  There is a free version it has restriction of 10,000 documents (see full version feature matrix) and only indexes html pages.  I would recommend going down the hosted route, basically you create an account on the site and then point it to your website.  The search engine is a crawler so all your content needs to be linked up. If you have a good site map then most if not all your content will be linked. After crawl you get your own personal url that looks like so you can create your own form that posts to that page.

The admin interface will let you style up your search results page. The results page has % relevance and find similar functionality, you can see a working result page here. I am not advocating this solution over the other excellent solutions already available I just think this is a nice alternative to give fast, rich search functionality very quickly.