Google Search Transition Starts Dec. 3
On Wednesday, November 28, the Drupal Support Team migrated new search modules to the non-production Drupal Enterprise environments (including both Drupal 7 and Drupal 8). These modules support the transition from the Google Search Appliance (GSA) to the Google Custom Search Engine (GCSE).
Between now and Wednesday, December 12, search and site administrators should review the information below and be prepared to take action based on the type of site they manage.
What does this mean for my site?
Depending on the setup of your site, there are different levels of action needed to ensure the search on your site continues to function properly.
- December 3: Drupal Enterprise site owners should begin to reconfigure and test their search in the Drupal non-production environments.
- December 12: Drupal 7 and 8 UMN search modules are migrated to production environments and GCSE production cutover for all University Drupal websites, including search.umn.edu. Drupal site owners should push any custom code or module changes to the Drupal production environment. Web search traffic to the GSA will be automatically redirected to the GCSE.
- December 31: GSA is permanently decommissioned. Any necessary changes must be completed by this date.
Search transition resources
- Search transition details and action steps for your website
- Timeline for University search changes
- GCSE Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQ)
- GCSE Self-Help Guide
Want to check out an example of the new search? Two sites demonstrate how the new search looks and behaves:
- Safe Campus development site redirects to the page that will eventually replace search.umn.edu.
- Campus Climate development site uses the in-site search configuration, outlined in the self-help guide, to display search results within the Campus Climate site.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please share this information with those in your units that may be impacted by this change.
Thank you for your time and attention to this important upgrade.