Wednesday, August 25, 2010

How To: exclude welcome pages in search results

Remember there was a ‘welcome page search retrieval’ issue in SP 2007? If not… take a look at

Fortunately, this issue has been fixed in SP 2010. In some cases, you still want to exclude welcome pages in the search results – just like in the old days.

To do this - follow the steps below:

  • Navigate to the Search Service Application
  • Make sure you did a full crawl on your content source
  • Create a new rule in your search scope (all sites or whatever) as follow:


    By creating this rule you’ll eliminate the site URL (eg. /news) items. At this moment, the site default page URL is still included (/news/pages/default.aspx). In the next step we are going to eliminate them too…
  • Create a new Crawl Rule

  • Make sure you’ll do a full crawl again and that the Search Scopes are updated
  • Notice that no welcome pages are found in the search results

Sunday, August 8, 2010