I'm a noobie to Drupal - recently "converted" from WordPress.
I want to create custom search forms that use checkboxes to allow visitors to search in a specific content type. Sorry for the shady example, but the search form on the front page of the Pirate Bay is exactly what I'm looking for. It would also be great to be able to set the default option based on context - if the user is on a page of a particular content type, that content type should be set as the default in the search checkboxes.
I've installed Drupal 7, Apache Solr search, and the Facet API. I'd give a link, but it's installed locally on mamp for development.
I want the custom search form because the site I'm building has a lot of different - and interrelated - kinds of information separated into different "areas" of the site defined by content type. One area is for social service resources, another is for social service organization profiles, another for trainings and workshops, etc. Each of these use Views to display related information in other content types (i.e. "Related Trainings" listed in the sidebar of a resource page). In essence, the site maps out the entire social service system in our community and serves as an information center for clients and case workers.
When someone visits our site looking for emergency shelter, for example, the information they are looking for is in the "Resource" content type and I don't want them getting a deluge of info from trainings, org profiles, forums, etc. Another example would be a case worker wanting training on how to apply for Social Security disability benefits for a client - I want them to be able to choose to restrict search results to the "Training" content type. Faceted search seems to be able to allow users to drill down and refine results, but I want them to be able to filter before getting results.
Anyone know how I might do this?