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Using ExpressionEngine 2's native search module, is there a way to search just a specific channel field without searching the title field? From what I can determine from the EE 2 docs, there are only 3 options with no way of keeping the title field from being searched.

quoted from EE docs:

  1. entries: The search will be conducted in the entry fields and titles of your channel. The associated comments will not be included.
  2. everywhere: The search will be conducted in the title, entry fields, and in associated comments.
  3. titles: The search will be conducted in the title of your entries. The channel entry fields and any associated comments will not be included.

My client wants a search to look only within a tag/s entered within a custom channel field, and exclude a keywords from the title tag.

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I think you are right, that isn't possible with a core EE install. Low search and solspace's super search do that, but it also seems like this free add-on does it too in a very limited way: http://devot-ee.com/add-ons/search-fields

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  • Thanks for you response @UltraBob. Question: Using the add-on Search-Fields would I omit search:title="keyword" to keep from searching title tags? Dec 13 '12 at 7:21
  • I'd say yes though, give it a try and see what happens ;)
    – Natetronn
    Dec 13 '12 at 7:22
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    What Natetronn said. As far as I could tell from the docs. I've not used it. Be aware, that is much less a replacement for the built in search module than are the two commercial add-ons I mentioned.
    – UltraBob
    Dec 13 '12 at 7:23
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    The docs say it's optional: github.com/croxton/Search_fields#searchfield--optional
    – Natetronn
    Dec 13 '12 at 7:24
  • yeah so just search:field1_you_want="keyword" search:field2_you_want="keyword" etc. As best I can tell. Playing with it will give you a sense real fast if it does what you want. Good to note this from the docs This plugin can be memory intensive if you have lots of entries and search all channels. It is NOT a replacement for the Search module, rather it is best used for custom filtering of entries in a single channel.
    – UltraBob
    Dec 13 '12 at 7:27

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