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Search Boost 5 - A Turnkey DNN Search Solution

posted by DNN Sharp - 04/04/2018

Power Up Your DNN Search

The users of your DNN portal will thank you for making their search experience simply work. Make sure you don't lose them because they can't find what they're looking for.


Built To Search Everything

Portal content, target subsets of the portals, documents (such as PDFs, WORD Documents), external web pages, custom data from database... You name it!

Designed For Realtime Results

With Search Boost you have better control over search results for you and better realtime results for your users... which means happy users.

Engineered For Customizations

Search Boost was designed to accommodate developers and DNN portal’s owners in every way possible, allowing for very fine-grained control & customization.


 DNN: See Compatibility Matrix   SQL Server 2012+ ASP.NET 4.5.2  IIS 7.0+ 


Important License Information
  • Standard License
    • The license covers a single domain (i.e.,
    • If you require additional domains for development or testing, you will require additional licenses for each (i.e.,  You should consider the Multi-Install or Enterprise licenses for as an alternative. 
  • The license period is for one year.  We will send a renewal offer prior to expiration that will provide renewal incentives.
  • The administrative screen is locked for expired licenses.  Search will continue to work, but you will no longer be able to access the Search Dashboard or change the Search Content Sources or Settings.
What's New
Warning : This product is not compatible with DNN Sharp products that have been retired. Do not install it on a site that has any of the following retired modules installed: Action Grid, DNN API Endpoint, Info Box, My Tokens, NavXP, Redirect Toolkit, Sharp Scheduler, Sharp CDN, Tabs Pro, or URL Adapter. This product is compatible only with current versions of DNN Sharp active products (Action Form, Search Boost, and their related add-ons). Contact [email protected] to learn more or to upgrade to the replacement platform PlantAnApp .
Wondering what Search Boost can do for you?

The list below is not meant to be exhaustive. There are lots of more applicabilities for Search Boost.

    • Index Portal Content

      Search Boost uses DNN interfaces to retrieve searchable portal content.

    • Index Documents

      Search Boost can be configured to index documents from portal directories. This is achieved using the IFilter interface, so for this to work you need to install the IFilter packages from Adobe (for PDFs) and Microsoft (for Word Documents).

    • Index External Web Pages

      Search Boost can be configured with a list of URLs to index. It also knows to consume URLs that are XML Sitemaps or RSS feeds and index all web pages they contain. This is a very powerful feature to display unified results from multiple sources.

    • Customize Appearance

      Search Boost comes with lightning speed rendering thanks to its Razor template support

    • Advanced Search Syntax

      Search Boost extends the capabilities of DNN search with cool new features such as Fuzzy Search, Exact Phrase search and it allows configuring the precision of how these works. Furthermore, there's also an option to configure the default operator for multi word searches (AND, OR, Exact Phrase).

    • Control Results Relevance

      Search Boost has a number of options that allow boosting certain results. Not all results are created equal; boosting basically lets portal administrators control which results should rank higher based on last modified date, their type or where the terms appears inside the result.

    • Restrict searches

      Defining modules/tabs/portals to search is as easy as navigating a tree and checking in appropriate items. Just to name a few scenarios when this is needed:

      Sometimes, searches need to be restricted to sections that are made up of multiplied modules from different tabs. For example: search manuals, search products, search services, etc. To accomplish this, simply instantiate a SearchBoost module, open the Settings window and select all the modules/tabs/portals that fall under that specific section.

    • Index content in custom created tables

      There are plenty of modules out there that let you create and manage tables (physical or virtual). What if the module doesn't support searching or you need to define custom rules about how the content should be indexed?

      This is where SearchBoost comes into play: it allows you to define search rules against the tables using joins and advanced extraction techniques (for example, you can select a column to be sent as a GET parameter when the search result is clicked).

    • Index modules that are not otherwise searchable

      ISearchable is the interface required by DotNetNuke in order to be able to index content. There are modules out there that don't implement this interface, so they can't be searched. SearchBoost fixes this by allowing you to define rules for indexing tables in the database that are behind that module.

    • Search in multiple portals from the same DNN installation

      You can define search criteria to expand to any number of portals (or tabs and modules from different portals). Note that, to maintain security, you can only accomplish this when logged in as Super User.

  • Live Search

    Starting with 4.0 SearchBoost comes with Live Search. Your users will now be able to see search results refresh in realtime with increased relevance

Powerful Features That Put You In Control
  • Document Search

    Search Boost can index files (PDFs, WORD Documents, etc). Some formats require the IFilter packages to be installed.

  • PDF Search Extension

    Install this extension to enable searching PDF files when PDF IFilter is not installed or not working properly.

  • Live Search Engine

    Search Boost comes with its own live search engine based on the popular Lucene library  in order to bring more power to the DNN search.

  • Ability to Index External Pages

    Besides indexing existing portal content, Search Boost can crawl a list of web pages and index them into local index.

  • Consume Sitemaps, RSS Feeds

    If Search Boost finds links that are xml sitemaps or RSS feeds, it consumes them to index all web pages they contain.

  • Index Portal Modules

    Search Boost can index portal modules using the ISearchable interface, which is how the standard search works.

Extensions To Leverage The Full Potential Of Search Boost
DMX Add-on

Properly index the content from DMX documents to include it in search results.

DNN Advanced Search Add-on

Tailor your DNN portal’s search results by means of advanced filtering created through custom forms.

PDF Box Add-on

Extract data from PDF documents and return the index results

Live Tabs Add-on

Include Live Tabs content in Search Boost search results

Seamlessly Integrated

Search Boost integrates with some of the biggest names in the DNN modules scene:


your edition
Install licence 1 domain Unlimited installations for own organization and hosted customer Unlimited installations within 1 organization, SLA, source code escrow
Source Code No No Escrow
Redistribution Not permitted Not permitted Not permitted
Support** 1 year 1 year 1 year

* Enterprise is defined as your company site(s) and those of your customers that are directly managed by your organization.

** The support subscription depends on the option you choose (bundled with 1 year of support)

You Have Questions, We Have The Answers

Frequently asked questions cover answers to most of the questions that you might have related to Search Boost. Please read this section carefully before waiting for support. Who knows? You might find the answer quicker than expected.

FAQ 1. Is there a trial version available?

Yes. You can download the Search Boost 30-day free trial from: 

The trial version is identical to the full version, except for the time limitations.

FAQ 2. Can I extend my trial?

No, but for outstanding situations, please email us at [email protected].

FAQ 3. Will I lose the settings I make during the trial when I buy?

Absolutely not. You just need to use for activation the registration key received via email after the purchase was made.

FAQ 4. I’ve hired a developer to work on my site. Who should buy the license?

You should. It is always best for you, the site owner, to have access to your account on That’s how you access downloads, license keys, and support. You can purchase a Search Boost license under your own name and then give the developer the license key for the site. That way, you retain control of your own module purchase in the event that you need access or decide to switch developers.

FAQ 5. Can I use Search Boost to build and distribute applications?

You can integrate and distribute Search Boost with your own products, but it should not be main functionality, it shoud be added value, and should not be in competition with our existing product. If we go into competition later, the developer will still be allowed to use the version he owns at that time, and continue to develop it, but will not receive new updates.

FAQ 6. Can I have one instance for dev, staging and live?

Yes, but please contact us at [email protected].

FAQ 7. Can the license be transferred?

Yes, but only if there is a transfer of ownership of the entire product.

FAQ 8. Can I upgrade to different license type later?

Yes, you can upgrade to a higher tier (and more value-packed) license for just the price difference in qualifying purchases made within the past 3 months. If your purchase was made more than 3 months ago, don’t worry, we still have a special offer for you. Just email us at [email protected].

FAQ 9. If I upgrade my DNN version, do I need to also upgrade the module?

Not necessarily, but it's recommended because we test and optimize for new versions. Sometimes, new DNN version also breaks our modules so then you'll be required to upgrade. It's recommended to upgrade all at once to optimize the Q&A costs.

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When it comes to support we pride ourselves on going the extra mile for our clients. One of the greatest joys we get is the awesome stuff we see based on the concerted effort of both our clients and ourselves. With dedicated support staff at your back, you can be sure that you will get your DNN portal up and running without a hitch.