GSA Templates Implementation

CRP projects may elect to utilize the Google Search Engine (GSA) to handle their search functionality on their project website. This document provides instructions for utilizing templates available that are empowered by the GSA.

GSA Templates Implementation
Creating Document Landing Pages

Many CRP projects will utilize the GSA to facilitate searching of a set of documents or other resources living within a library. In this case, we suggest creating landing pages for each document that the GSA can crawl. It’s important that the content and metadata on these pages provide the GSA with enough information to appropriately return the desired results. Please reference the SEO best practices documentation for further guidance on this point.

1. Login to the WordPress Dashboard as an administrator for the subsite you wish to edit.

2. Select Pages > Add New

3. In the right hand column, select “Document Details Template” from the “Template” dropdown.

4. The page will have the appropriate input fields for creating a document detail page. Populate the fields as appropriate.

5. After entering content in all the fields, you may save as draft, preview your changes and/or publish the page. By publishing the page, the page becomes live and can be viewed by the public.

6. To update/edit a document details page, on the left hand column click the “All Pages” tab and locate/search for the page in the list.

7. After making updates or edits, click the update button to save and publish your changes.

Creating a GSA Advanced Search Page

The GSA will allow for advanced search capabilities so long as any desired filters live within the metatags for the pages that are being crawled by the GSA. Follow the below instructions to generate the advanced search page for your project.

1. Login to the WordPress Dashboard as an administrator for the subsite you wish to edit.

2. Select Pages > Add New.

3. In the right hand column, select “Document Search Template” from the “Template” dropdown.

4. Name the title of the page, “Advanced Search.” This will create a permalink using this name. If not, click the “edit” link and rename it “advanced-search”

5. The page has 2 input fields called “Client” and “Project”. You must talk to your GSA administrator to find out what values to input. These tell the search form what GSA information to use in the search

6. Once you are finished, be sure to click the “Publish” button to save and make the page live to the public.

Creating a GSA Basic Search Page

1. Login to the WordPress Dashboard as an administrator for the subsite you wish to edit.

2. Select Pages > Add New.

3. In the right hand column, select “Basic Document Search Template” from the “Template” dropdown.

4. Name the title “Basic Search”. This will create a permalink using this name. If not, click the “edit” link and rename it “basic-search”.

5. Once you are finished be sure to click the “Publish” button to save and make the page live to the public.

Creating the GSA Search Results Page

The GSA search results template will allow for the user to view the matching results to their search along with the standard Google Snippet that goes with their list of results. Users will also be able to filter by the same filters available on the advanced search page for your project. Remember that any filters need to be specified in the metatags for the crawled pages in order to function as expected.

1. Login to the WordPress Dashboard as an administrator for the subsite you wish to edit.

2. Select Pages > Add New

3. In the right hand column, select “Document Results Template” from the “Template” dropdown.

4. Name the title of the page, “Search Results.” This will create a permalink using this name. If not, click the “edit” link and rename it “search-results”.

5. The page has two input fields called “Client” and “Project.” You must talk to your GSA administrator to find out what values to input. These tell the search results what GSA information to use in displaying results.

6. Once you are finished be sure to click the “Publish” button to save and make the page live to the public.