A wildcard is a symbol that can represent one or more characters in a search. It is denoted by an asterisk (*). Wildcards tell the search engine to match any non-space character where it is used. With Cludo, you can use wildcards to provide results that match combinations of characters and wildcards. You can insert the wildcard (*) anywhere in a search query.
At the end of a string:
The wildcard will match any additional characters that follow the specified string. For example, a query for he* would also match results for help, hello, her, and so on.
Before a string:
The wildcard will match any additional characters that precede the specified string. For example, a query for *en will match for even, listening, overtaken, opening, and so on.
Matching a phrase
Using a wildcard between a phrase will match anything that contains the phrases, rather than separate terms. For example, a search for *help center* will match finding the help center, go to the help center for more, or where to find the help center.
Using a wildcard to find all pages that are indexed
Entering a single wildcard ( * ) in the test search box will pull all pages that have been indexed.
Using Wildcards with Banners
When creating a banner, you can apply a wildcard to search word. For example, if you’d like a banner to appear for the search word *health care*, the banner will appear on any search query that contains the phrase health care.
Using Wildcards with Page rankings
When creating a page ranking, you can apply a wildcard to the search words that trigger the ranking. Say you want all searches containing "508" to trigger the page ranking, simply type *508*. If you want all searches that start with "accessibility" to trigger the ranking, type accessibility*.
Using Wildcards with Quicklinks
When creating a quicklink, you can apply a wildcard to the search word. For any matches for that query with the wildcard, the page will redirect to the specified URL instead of showing the search results page. For example, if the word *admission* is included in a search query, will be redirected to the Admissions homepage.