The Recommended Search Results plugin for Movable Type and Melody aims to give users more relevant search results. We all know the problem: you've written a lot about Widgets. When a user searches they see pages and pages of all your entries about Widgets. Where does the user start; which entry is most likely helpful for them? The entry "Widgets Canon" is likely the result most helpful to a user but because it's old it doesn't appear on the first page of search results; the entries "Red Widgets" and "Blue Widgets" are not as useful, but were recent so appear first in the results.
Enter Recommended Search Results: tag "Widgets Canon" (perhaps with a tag like
@recommended) and make some template modifications to highlight this entry
and make it stand out for the user. Now when they search, right at the top of
the search results they can find the "Widgets Canon" with everything they need
to know about Widgets.
To install this plugin follow the instructions found here:
This plugin add a new block tag:
RecommendedSearchResults. One argument is
tag. This argument should be the tag name you are using to
indicate which entries are recommended. A good choice is
name is clear, and it's a private tag because it's preceded by
means the tag won't be published on pages.
This block tag also supports the meta variables
<mt:RecommendedSearchResults tag="@recommended"> <mt:If name="__first__"> <h3>Recommended Search Results</h3> <ul> </mt:If> <li><a href="<mt:EntryPermalink>"><mt:EntryTitle></a></li> <mt:If name="__last__"> </ul> </mt:If> </mt:RecommendedSearchResults>
This tag is, of course, only valid and useful on the Search Results template.
Just add the selected tag to any Entries or Pages you want to recommend!