Activating search for your NodeBB forum

Activating search for your NodeBB forum


Providing search capabilities for your forum
is a feature that community members are sure to appreciate. NodeBB comes with a built-in search plugin
known as DB Search. This is a simple full text search that will
work well for most forums. While DB Search comes installed with NodeBB,
it is not active by default.To activate, simply open the administrative control panel and
go to Plugins>Install Plugins. From the Installed tab, type dbsearch into
the search, and the plugin should come up. Select activate. Note that you need to restart your forum,
which can be done from the dashboard. Restarting your forum will drop all live users
from the site for a few moments. If your forum has existing posts, you’ll want
to make sure these are indexed for search. After restart, select Plugins>DB Search,
and hit the Reindex button. You should only need to do this once, since
any new posts will automatically be added to the index. Once the forum restarts, users will be able
to search via the magnifying glass icon on the main navigation. Clicking once will activate a simple text
search, and clicking on the gear icon in the search box will reveal advanced search options
for all forum users. Note that a direct link to the advanced search
can be added to your forum by going to the General>Navigation menu in admin. From here, you can select options for this
link, including limiting it to only certain users.

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