SearchYour Search Module will display a search box allowing your website visitors to type in a phrase, or word and search for that phrase or word on your website.

Very useful if your site visitor is wanting to find something specific and see if that appears on your website.

Your Search Module can be displayed on any of your website pages that you choose to display it on.

The Search module is more basic than the Smart Search facility explained in our Linking SmallSmart Search article.


Throughout you will see references to 'Search' and 'Smart Search'.

Please let us clarify some things as the difference can be confusing (ambiguous ?) - you may, or may not, have a 'Search' feature / component for the reason(s) given below.

Search provides (provided) a basic, straightforward search feature  - while Smart Search offers indexing and more advanced search capabilities with filtering.

'Smart Search' has been greatly improved in Joomla 4 - more streamlined, greater performance, and is more modern.

'Search' has not been removed on systems which migrated to Joomla 4 from an earlier version of Joomla.

If you had a website using Joomla 3 which has 'Search', it was moved over to your migrated site - when you migrated to Joomal 4 -however, if you do start a new site usingr Joomla 4 the original 'Search Component' is no longer installed - it has been considered outdated and no longer suitable for modern designs.

As 'Search' is beding phased out, moving to 'Smart Search' is simple - however, some websites may require special attention, especially if Plugins have been created specifically for your website, or if third-party Extensions installed their own Search Plugins.

'Search' and 'Smart Search' both rely on Plugins - there is a Plugin for every kind of data that can be searched and indexed - when it comes to core Joomla, you will find plugins for Categories, Content, and Contacts. By enabling or disabling those Plugins, the 'Search' Extensions can provide more or fewer results from different sets of data.

In Joomla, Modules are created and managed via the administrator area.


Linking SmallSite Modules - Smart Search
Smart Search Related Help Resources

Menu Item - Search

Linking SmallComponents - Search

Linking SmallSmart Search - Filters

Linking SmallSmart Search - Options

Linking SmallSite Modules - Smart Search

Linking SmallSmart Search - Content Maps

Linking SmallSmart Search - Quickstart Guide

Linking SmallSmart Search - Indexed Content

Linking SmallSmart Search - New or Edit Filter

Linking SmallSmart Search - Search Term Analysis

Linking SmallComponents - Search Manager - Options