Once your Mosaic site is live and you have checked the site and redirects are working correctly, you may want search engines to re-index your site, to update the entries that users will be searching for.
This is an advanced feature and is not essential – search engines re-index sites regularly anyway. However, for important sites, and to protect search rankings, it is useful to do this as soon as possible. The most relevant places to do this are:
- Google Search, using the Google Search Console (login with Google account required; see also information on Wikipedia)
- Oxsearch: the University’s enterprise web search service, using Funnelback
Submitting updates to the Google Search index falls outside of the Mosaic web service, but local IT Support Staff can assist. The Mosaic platform provides technical support in several ways: site Visibility settings control the robots.txt file; and for each visible site a Sitemap file is provided at /sitemap.xml for submitting a list of all site pages to Google.
- If you are moving an existing site onto Mosaic that was formerly available over https it is important that search engine indexes and other links into the site are updated as soon as possible. For more information, see the Avoid Security Alerts section below.
The Oxsearch index crawls University sites every night to pick up changes. If required, you can schedule an interim crawl of your site during the day of launch once the site is live; contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request this.
The Mosaic platform itself uses its own internal search to provide searching on Mosaic websites, using the Solr search engine. Content added or changed on the platform is updated in search results every hour.