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How does search work?

Updated: 06/27/2014

Want to make sure your photos are found? Here are some highlights for getting the most out of SmugMug (not Google) searching.

  • SmugMug indexes up to 50 keywords per photo.
  • The gallery keywords box (in your gallery settings) will be indexed as long as that gallery also has a description, is accessible by Public (Everyone), not protected by a password, and has Visibility set to Yes.
  • When you're logged in, your entire SmugMug site will be searchable by you, regardless of your security or privacy settings. Hidden photos are searchable as well.
  • Logged-out visitors will never see hidden photos in search results, and they will never see unlisted galleries or the photos they contain in search results.
  • Assuming your Visibility settings allow visitor searching, visitors will find galleries and photos for public, non-password-protected galleries.
  • Filenames can be indexed as keywords, if you toggle that setting ON in your Account Settings > Discovery > Search.
  • Collected Photos will be revealed in their original gallery as long as that gallery is searchable.
  • Searching for part of a word will return the full word, e.g., searching for drop will return photos labeled drops.
  • Searching for two or more words will return only photos or galleries that contain each of those words. Order does not matter, e.g., searching for Ball Sweetheart will return results for galleries/photos that contain the word ball and the word sweetheart
  • Case doesn't matter. So Ball and ball will return the same results. 
  • Numbers searches will return gallery or photo results if that number is part of a caption, gallery title, gallery description, or if it comprises a keyword. 

Modify a User's Search

Fine-tune your user’s search results by page or by gallery to help them more quickly find what they’re looking for. This allows participants from a specific event, for example, to get results related to their event only instead of from your entire site.

To enable this option, go to Customize Site and drag the Search Box content block onto the gallery or page you want.

Click the wrench icon on the content block to modify the search box settings.

In the Advanced tab, modify the search terms you want in any of the following formats:

  • Modify a keyword: {query}keyword1 or keyword1{query}
           Example: {snow}dogs results in “snowdogs”
  • Add a separate keyword: {query};keyword1
           Example: {snow};dogs results in “snow” and “dogs”
           Example: {winter} NY results in “winter NY”

To display multiple modified keywords for your users, set the “Results Page” option to “Keywords Gallery” in the Basic tab. Then separate each keyword with a semicolon in the Advanced tab:

  • {query}keyword1;keyword2
           Example: {snow}dogs;January results in “snowdogs” and “January”
  • {query};keyword2;keyword3
           Example: {snow};dogs;January results in “snow,” “dogs,” and “January”