Search - Content Ranking

You can add weight of influence to your searching by utilizing content ranking.

Content ranking is locate in the search section of your site.  To access the search settings navigate to admin > configuration> search and metadata > search settings or admin/config/search/settings.  The content ranking is located at the bottom of the page.

Content ranking is seldom altered.

There are five key factors to content ranking.

  • Number of comments
  • Keyword relevance
  • Content is sticky at top of lists
  • Content is promoted to the front page
  • Recently posted

Each factor has an influence. Zero means no influence.  Ten means lots of influence.  If you want to promote a popular page, one with lots of comments, you would up the influence of the number of comments.  

Now for a dose of reality, if your site has progressed to the point where you have to tweak the search results, altering the basic search settings will provide you limited benefit.  It is time to download another search module or investigate using SOLR searching for Drupal.

Activating the statistics module in core can add customization to your search.