Custom properties in Ontolica usually refer to metadata about each of the various documents in the search database (such as author, date, status, etc.). In most cases, the custom properties used by Ontolica map directly to manage properties established in SharePoint (which, themselves, usually map directly to a column of metadata stored for each document in the search database).

There are many ways to make use of custom properties in Ontolica:

• Search properties enable users to search for specific types of metadata values using the advanced search form (also known as field-based search).
• Result properties enable you to design a search-result page so that it displays expanded metadata information about each found document.
• Sorting properties enable you to design a search-result page that provides controls for choosing to sort results according to values of a selected property.
• Refiner properties enable you to design a search-result page that provides refiner controls that enable users to home-in on specific types of results based on the content of the current result set.
• They can be incorporated into search-result actions.
• They can be used in quick filters.

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