Using jDownloads Search [NEEDS REF]

The search plugin is very simple to configure and use.  It is automatically installed when the jDownloads Component is installed.There are only two parameters of any significance, one is the Access Level, and the other is the maximum search depth.
The defaults are usually sufficient.  It is of course essential to enable (publish) the plugin.
Searching is initiated from the Front End by clicking on the search iconSearch01A
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Search offers three criteria on how the search keywords are to be used:
  1. the search must find those downloads with all the specified words;
  2. find those downloads with any of the words;
  3. only finds those downloads with an exact match to the entire phrase.
The search 'region' may be any combination of:
  1. the Download title;
  2. in either the Short or Long Descriptions;
  3. in the Changelog;
  4. the Author's name; 
  5. the Meta-Tags.
For example if the search words were 'adams sonata' then this could be a search for Sonata For Trumpet And Piano by Prof. Byron Adams where 'sonata'  is in the title and 'adams' is in the Author field. 

Note that the search key words are case insensitive.
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There is also a selection of the order in which the results are to be presented.
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When searching jDownloads will report how many Downloads meet the search criteria.  If for instance a particular word is found multiple times in the same Download it only counts as one in the total.
In this example there were two matching downloads. 

The view on the right is the 'summary' whilst the view below is the result list of matching Downloads appended to the search. 

Clicking on the names, in blue if using the default search template, will take the user to the specific download as described later.
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Using the same search when logged in produces more results.  This is because some downloads are visible for everyone, that is they have an Access Level of Public.  Others have a different Access Level so those user groups will see those with their restricted Access Level as well of all of those of other user groups to which they have an implied membership.  Everyone belongs to the Public User Group.Search04A
Each Download title becomes a link, either directly or indirectly, to the Download.  What happens depends on the Configuration settings. See [NEEDS REF] for more details.

ColinM Rewritten Feb 2019

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