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January 31 2020 Editor Assistance Newsletter

Greetings and Salutations -

I think at this point I've gotten nearly all of the actual "failing scripts" remedied from our server move. If you still run into an error with a page, please let me know. It was a vast amount of work to make all of those changes, but as our previous hosting company kept crashing, it was a necessary upgrade. We should now be fully set going forward.

That meant the next big coding challenge for me to tackle was our search box. We used to put a block of key words into one large field. A search function would go against every single block of key words in every single article to find results. We now have so many articles in our system that the results were coming back far too slowly. Either they wouldn't draw at all or visitors wouldn't hang around to read the results.

I've spent the past month trying various solutions. I have some ideas, but at this point it just needs to work while I continue to test.

I've therefore coded in the Google search results as our search engine. I have very mixed feelings about Google, but at least it works. And the more we show Google we use them, the higher they put our own search results in their system, which helps us.

I know it's not a long term ideal solution. But at least it's working for now and buys us some time.

So for now if you search for any word or phrase in one of our search boxes, it will search our BellaOnline site for matches to it. It responds VERY quickly which is key. I will continue to try to develop a better solution. For example, if a person is on the cats site, the search results should prioritize entries from that cats site. So that's what I'm working toward.

Ask with any questions, and have a good weekend!


Lisa Shea, owner


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