SharePoint 2007 Search, searching for better…

Filed Under (SharePoint 2007) by Just An Admin on 27-05-2008

With the migration to MOSS 2007 and WSS 3.0 finished, we found that the search functionality is not what we have hoped for, at least not ‘out-of-the-box’. No wildcard support, no standard grouping of results… And since i do not have the skills to ‘build’ it myself, i was kind of forced to accept the lack of functionality, purchase a third party app or hire a programmer to do the job me.

Then again, if a product, like SharePoint 2007, lacks features or functionality but allows for customized extensions or add-ons, it’s just a matter of time until alternatives or enhancements surface. Ontolica, famous for providing just such features to SharePoint, offers a paid solution to fill this gap. They even offer one ‘module’ for free that is discussed on various blogs and websites: Ontolica wildcard search.



But there are other, less commercial solutions that deserve to be looked at:

MOSS Faceted Search

MOSS Faceted Search is a set of web parts that provide intuitive way to refine search results by category (facet).

The facets are implemented using SharePoint API and stored within native SharePoint METADATA store.

Installed it, tested it, even contributed by submitting issues and requesting features. A great add-on…

SharePoint 2007 Wildcard Search

A Microsoft Office SharePoint Server Search web part that allows for WildCard Searches and a second web part for the presentation of the search data using an XSL Transform document.

Although still beta, this feature closes the final gap between reality and my wishes.

Smart Search for Sharepoint

A SharePoint web part lists what’s the most frequently searched keywords by other users.

Search as you Type

Search enhancement that allows a ‘search as you type’ style search.

SharePoint Search Relecancy Tool

VERY simple tool to adjust the search relevancy settings in MOSS 2007 and the Microsoft Search Server. Originally published and available on SHAREPOINTSearch.com.

This tool will allow you to change the weighting and normalization of Managed properties and some of the system level relevancy settings also! Easy to use, no code to write.

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