Sphider-plus version 4.2021b - The PHP Search Engine

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[ Change Log Summary ]

- Actual release: 4.2021b

- Former versions:

Version 2.9

Version 2.8

Version 2.7

Version 2.6

Version 2.5

Version 2.4

Version 2.3

Version 2.2

Version 2.1

Version 2.0



- Older versions:

Version 1.9

Version 1.8

Version 1.7

Version 1.6

Version 1.5

Version 1.4

Version 1.3

Version 1.2

Version 1.1

Version 1.0

Version 1.6

Release date: September 06, 2008

Build up with Sphider: v.1.3.4


Additional item in Admin settings to select:

- Instead of weighting %, show count of query hits in full text.

Selecting this item will also influence the order of result listing. Now only the number of keyword hits in full text will define the position of a page in result listing.

Additional item in Admin settings to select the chronological order of result listing:

- 'Most Popular Links ' on top.

Activating this item, Sphider-plus will present the result listing in order of before learned link attractivity. Defined as those links with the best user acceptance (clicks).

Additional items in Statistics overview:

- Queries total

- Link clicks total

Additional item in Admin / Statistics:

- Most Popular Links.

Presenting the quantity of clicks individual for each link with date and time of last click. Also the latest query before clicking that link is presented.

Additional item in Admin / Clean:

- Clear 'Most Popular Links' log.

Additional item for re-index procedure:

- Temporary ignore 'robots.txt'.

If utf-8 support is activated, result listing now is independent for queries with upper- or lowercase letters. Or alternatively, if selected in Admin settings, distinct results for case sensitive queries could be performed.

Improved utf-8 support for non-Latin characters.

Improved suggest framework for utf-8 support. Now offering suggestions

- for phrases

- for accented letters

- for non-Latin characters

Known issue: Well working for Firefox and Opera browser, for non-Latin characters IE is not cooperative. Need to rewrite the Suggest Framework completely for a browser independent presentation of the suggestions.

Improved search functionality for queries with accent letters without selecting the utf-8 support.

Phrase search improved, so that common words and too short (min_word_length) words could be used as part of the query phrase and are no longer marked as ignored.

Improved functionality for 'Most popular searches'. Now also

- Advanced search settings

- Categories

- Mode of highlighting

- Results per page

will be taken into account when clicking a 'Most popular searches' suggestion.

Bug fixed that seduced Sphider to follow links that are placed in HTML comments.

Bug fixed that created a wrong weighting calculation for keywords placed

- behind a word that did not match 'min_word_length'

- behind a 'common' word

- first found in full text

Bug fixed in 'Strict search' that caused invalid highlighting in result listing.


Involved files that have been modified / added for this release:














.../languages/ all files


Attention: Starting with version 1.6, Sphider-plus supports logging of 'Most popular links'. This item requires additional rows in 'links' table of the database. If you update from a former version of Sphider-plus, please run the .../admin/install_bestclick.php script. If you upgrade from original Sphider or install from scratch, you don't need to run this script. Its features are also included in the other installation scripts.