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Built-in search block in 7.1 - Tricks? Alternatives? Results have been flakey at best.

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I upgraded a site to 7.1 1.5 months ago. We just realized that built-in search results are flaky at best. I thought it had been fixed, seeing as the forums had no recent posts about it at the time of upgrading, and the 7.0-to-7.1 guide doesn't mention search functionality being seriously compromised - oof!

I can search a word, like "alarm" - the results from unedited, pre-upgrade pages are still okay. But if I make a new, identically formatted page, I get nothing unless I put the word "alarm" in the name/title of the new page.

There's no reasonable way to know this will be an issue until you make the upgrade and make few edits!

Is there a good third-party plugin or alternative option? I don't sell products or make blog pages. I just need people to be able to directly find news/info on regular old pages, without having to make a gazillion dedicated pages... the old search functionality was so precise/good!

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Spent the weekend making and comparing three 7.0 sites to three 7.1.  The built-in search was very detailed/useful in 7.0 test. Regular pages in 7.1 returned IFF the query was in the page's title.

Squarespace's email support was kind/patient, but ultimately couldn't do anything and said issues were only affecting *some* sites. I'm suspicious, though - does anyone have a 7.1 site with really good built-in search functionality right now? As good as old 7.0 sites? My upgraded 7.0-to-7.1 sites have great results for pages I haven't changed since the upgrade, but won't show any of the new information/pages that have been added post-upgrade.

My verdict - 7.1 built-in search is still generally knee-capped. Really wish the guide for the 7.0-to-7.1 upgrade had mentioned this, and rough that it's nearly impossible to detect until you've already upgraded...

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