Configure your website to disable the Google Search Appliance (GSA) before its expiration in January 2017.
Follow this guide for determining if your site uses the GSA. These instructions apply only to Drupal 7 websites which use the GT Theme.
Turn off the GSA for your D7 website
- Login as admin to your Drupal 7 website, which should be using the GT theme and a subtheme.
- Under Appearance (
/admin/appearance), locate your site's active theme under the 'Enabled Themes' section. The active theme for your site is indicated by the words '(default theme)'.
- Click the Settings link underneath the active theme's name (example:
- Under the 'Search Options' section, choose the Search This Site option.
Update your search configuration
To give better results when using Drupal 7's native search ability, you need to change the default search configuration settings.
Go to the Search configuration page at Configuration > Search and metadata > Search settings (or
Under the "Content Ranking" section, change the default value of 0 for these settings:
- Change "Keyword relevance" to a nice high number, such as 8.
- Change "Recently posted" to a slightly lower number, such as 6.
Use custom search module (optional)
You might also consider using the custom_search module to hide content which you do not want to be findable (like individual super blocks).
After installing this module, navigate to Configuration > Search and metadata > Custom Search > Content tab (found at
admin/config/search/custom_search/content). At the bottom of the page, under the "Content exclusion" section, check the types of content, such as Super Blocks, that should NOT appear in search results.
Use the Google Custom Search Engine module (optional)
Anyone leveraging Views or a page replacement module (Panels, Display Suite) will want to thoroughly test the local Drupal search engine, as Drupal's default search does not properly query Views.
Because of this, any data you may be hiding behind obfuscation may be visible from the Drupal search, as it searches nodes (pieces of content) on a website rather than page (publicly visible pages on a website).