I have a site that needs to include category names as a parameter for search results that's keywords might be the cat name.

Anyone know of a way to do this, or possibly a plugin that converts a chosen set of categories to field data automatically so I can spoof it.


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Check out Preparse from Solspace. It's a free extension that allows you to run a template against your entries when you save them and store the output in a field.

Low actually talked about this on his blog in the context of Low Search, but you can use the same principle for the native search module as well.

I recommend taking a look at the blog post and setting Preparse up on your site. I've done it before, and it works great.

  • By the way, since version 2.4, it's possible to add category info to the search index in Low Search.
    – Low
    Commented Feb 28, 2014 at 9:21
  • Good point :) I love Low Search, and would highly recommend using that instead of the native search, if you're able to use it. Saves a lot of headaches. Commented Feb 28, 2014 at 13:49
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    Thanks Chaps. I'd bought Low Search for another site but hadn't thought about it working in this way. Will have a tinker and buy another license if it fits the bill.
    – liamcrean
    Commented Feb 28, 2014 at 15:27

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