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Gallery2 Joomla Bridge – Search

In case you haven't read my other posts about search engine optimization, I've been on an SEO kick lately.  I've renamed all my images in the photo gallery so they all have some context now.  Google indexes galleries, but the next step was to be able to search the images from within my own site.  I installed the gallery2 search mambot plugin for joomla, but it wasn't doing anything.  Here's what I did to get it working.

  1. Install the mambot
    -Administrator Backend: Installers > Mambots
  2. Enable the mambot
    -This is the part I was somehow forgetting, but it's critical
    1. Admin Backend: Mambots > Site Mambots
    2. Click the X icon next to the Gallery2 Search mambot to publish it
  3. Change some code that comes default with the Jan 6 release:
    -Go to the searchbot PHP file
    mambots/search/gallery2.searchbot.php

    Look for the code around line 63 like this:
       $info->created = utility::g2DateToMambo($time);

    Change it to this:
      $info->created = utility::formatdate($time);

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Theme Mod: Search Box

As some of you may have noticed, I've recently added a search box to the top of the site.  This is a default module in joomla, but the template I'm using didn't have support for a search bar right out of the box.  This blog post describes how I added the modified the WR_Futilus_Situs theme so it would have a search box that looked like it fit in.

At a high level, the steps involve:

  • Enabling the search module and setting it up
  • Modifying the theme's index.php file to include the search box

 

And here are the details:

Setting up the module: 

  • Enter the Joomla Administration page.
  • Click Modules > Site Modules
  • Click on the Module named "Search" (of type "mod_search")
  • Make sure the item is published by clicking the appropriate radio box.
  • And change the Position Drop Down box to position User8
  • Click save at the top

Modifying the index.php file:

  • FTP into your server
  • Access the joomla_home/templates/wr_futilus_situs folder
  • Download the file index.php (from the above folder) for editing
  • Find the section called <!– START: SUCKERFISH –>
  • Below : <div id="nav">
                            <?php mosShowListMenu($menu_name);    ?>
                </div>
    Insert:     <div style="padding-top: 5px;" align=right>
                            <?php mosLoadModules ( 'user8', -1 ); ?>
                  </div>
  • Save the file and upload it via FTP
  • You are DONE!