In this article, you will learn
how to search PHP sites with SharePoint 2010 search engine. Also
check out our recent articles about SharePoint search:
With SharePoint 2010 Search - Part 1
With SharePoint 2010 Search - Part 2
As of this writing (Dec 2011),
PHP is the 6th most popular programming language (after Java, C,
C++, C#, and Objective-C) (*1). In Dec 2010, it was at 4th position.
I consider it to be a most popular web programming language. Till
Jul 2007, 20,917,850 domains and 1,224,183 IP addresses had been
registered for PHP sites (*2). Searching sites created with such a
popular technology with one of the world's best search
technologies really makes sense. I know this may not be a
practical approach but the solution exists if someone is
Here are the steps:
1. Open SharePoint
Central Admin site.
2. Click General
3. Click Farm Search
4. Click Search Service
5. Click Content
Sources under Crawling in the left side
6. Click New Content
7. In Name
field, enter PHP.
8. In Content
Source Type, select Web Sites.
9. In Start
Addresses, enter the web
address of a PHP site. You can search both external and local PHP sites. For
example, my local PHP server address is http://127.0.0.1:8080
and the site that I wanted to search is home. So, I
will enter http://127.0.0.1:8080/home
in the Start Addresses field. You can also enter
server address like http://myserver/mysite. If I
wanted to search an Internet site, I would enter the site URL, for
I will show you results from both local and Internet PHP sites at
the end of this article.
10. In Crawl
Settings, you have three options:
i) Only crawl within the server
of each start address
ii) Only crawl the first page of each
iii) Custom - specify page depth and server hops.
(There are other properties associated with this setting)
You can choose the option that
suits your needs. Selecting the first option will allow you to
search the whole server starting at the start address you provided.
Choose first option.
11. In Crawl
Schedules, you can schedule a crawl. You can schedule both
Full Crawl and Incremental Crawl.
Click Create schedule link under Full
Crawl drop down.
Manage Crawl Schedules
12. It's up to you if you want to
schedule a crawl or not. You can do it manually whenever you want.
If you want to schedule it, select the type and time and click
13. You can select priority of
this content source in Content Source Priority. By
default, it is set to Normal. You can change it to
14. If you want to start the
crawl now, check Start full crawl of this content
source and click OK.
15. Click File
Types under Crawling. Make sure PHP is
listed as one the file name extensions. If it's not there, click
New File Type link at the top and enter
php in the File extension field. Click
16. Next, create a new scope for
PHP search. Click Scopes under heading
Queries and Results.
17. Click New
18. Enter PHP
Search in Title. Enter Search PHP
Sites in Description. In Target
Results Page, you have two options. You can use the default
Search Results Page or you can create a new page to
search PHP sites. If you want to learn how to
create these pages, check out following article:
With SharePoint 2010 Search - Part 1
For now, select the first option
and click OK.
19. After you have added the
scope, you will see a Add rules link under
Update Status column against the newly added scope.
Click this link.
20. First property you will see
is Scope Rule Type. There are four options
i) Web Address: This is the web
address of the site that you want to search. You can specify a
specific folder below. Alternatively, you can specify a hostname or
domain or subdomain.
ii) Property Query: This option
allows you to add restrictions. For example, you can select
Author from the Add property
restrictions drop down and then specify a value and now all
results authored by this author will not be shown.
Source: This allows you to select a content source.
Content: This will include everything in this scope.
For the first three options
above, you can select a behavior. There are three options
i) Include: Any item that
matches this rule will be included.
ii) Require: Every item in
the scope must match this rule.
iii) Exclude: Items matching this
rule will be excluded from the scope.
In Scope Rule
Type, select Content Source. In
Content Source, select the scope that you created
above, that is, PHP Search. In Behavior, select the
first option Include. Click
Note, you can add more rules if
you like. After you have added one rule, you can click New
rule link on the Scope Properties and
Rules page to add more rules.
21. You are now ready to test the
PHP searching. Before that, make sure the content has been crawled
otherwise no resutls will appear in the search. Go back to the
Search Administration page. Locate Scopes
needing update property. Does it show a number greater than
0? If it is a non-zero number then update is pending. Click
Start update now link to start crawling manually.
Depending on the size of the site (number of pages), it may take
anywhere between 3 minutes to hours to crawl the content. Once the
crawl has finished, you can test the PHP search in SharePoint
Figure 2: Start
22. Open SharePoint Seach Center
Site. Click Site Actions and
select New Page.
23. In New page
name, enter phpsearch.aspx and click
Create. A new page called
phpsearch.aspx will be created and stored in the
Pages library. After you click
Create, you will be taken to the new page
24. Click Add New
25. Enter PHP
Search in Tab Name.
26. In Page,
enter phpsearch.aspx. This is the page you created
above. In Tooltip, enter Search PHP
Sites. Click Save button.
Publish tab at the top and then click
Publish button to publish your changes. Enter
Comments and click Continue. As
soon as you click the Continue button, a new tab
will appear on the screen.
Figure 3: PHP
27. Enter any word that you think
will be found in PHP sites on your server and click the Search
(lens) button. The most common word is PHP so for the sake of
testing, I would suggest enter PHP and search. You will see
results from your PHP Sites.
Figure 4: PHP Search Results in SharePoint
2010 (from local PHP server)
As promised above, screenshot below shows search
results from an external (Internet) PHP site.
Figure 5: PHP Search Results in
SharePoint 2010 (from live Internet site)
That's it. You have configured
your SharePoint 2010 server to search PHP sites.