Filter match groups

Everything you need to know about Spling match groups

Discover how filter match groups streamline Spling's spell-checking process, allowing you to target specific URLs and URL patterns.

Taylor Osborn

June 4, 2024

Filter match groups?

Filter match groups offer a powerful way to customize Spling's spell-checking scope for large websites. By specifying URLs strings to include or exclude, users can articulate where they want their spell checking efforts applied. Spling match groups are especially beneficial for sites with extensive sitemaps where checking every page will not be necessary or practical. In this guide, we'll explore the two main types of match groups – 'URLs include' and 'URLs exclude' – and how they can be used to tailor Spling’s functionality to your anti-typo needs.

1. Filter match groups

Spling settings contain the include and exclude URL filters.

Introduction to filter match groups

Websites often have content spread across thousands of pages. For large websites, scanning every single page for spelling errors can be a daunting and time-consuming task. Spling introduces 'filters' as a solution to this challenge, allowing users to specify which parts of their website they want to prioritize for spell checking.

Types of filter match groups

Spling offers two main types of match groups:

  1. URLs include:
    This feature allows users to define a specific string. Any URL containing this string will be included in the spell-checking scope. For example, if you set a match group to include URLs containing "/blog", Spling will only check pages with a URL including that string, i.e. your blog directory.
  2. URLs exclude:
    Conversely, this feature lets users specify URLs to be excluded from the spell check. If a URL contains the defined string, Spling will skip it. This is particularly useful for excluding pages that are less critical or undergo frequent changes, like temporary promotional pages. If there is a contradiction, exclude will override include.
You can see your filter settings appear above setting up your Spling spell check.

Using match groups effectively

Match Groups empower website owners to tailor the spell-checking process to their unique needs. Here’s how to use them effectively:

  • Match groups use character strings: Include /pricing will also match /pricing-now . The same idea applies to exclude groups. Users can use URL strings to hand define pages, but note that Spling is looking to match by strings, and not by page.
  • Exclude match groups take priority over include: If you include /pricing and exclude ing then the /pricing page will be excluded.
  • Prioritize key content: Focus on areas of your site that are most visited or hold significant value, such as product pages, main category pages, or key informational content.
  • Exclude less relevant sections: Save time by excluding sections that might not need rigorous spell checking, such as user-generated content, archived pages, or temporary promotional content.
  • Regular updates: Keep your match groups updated with changes in your website structure or content strategy to ensure Spling's spell-checking remains focused and relevant.

Benefits of match groups

  • Efficiency: By targeting specific pages, you reduce the time and resources needed for spell checking.
  • Relevance: Create report cards that are scoped specifically around website content ownership. Filters let you focus a report card around the parts of the website that a team or contributor manages.
  • Flexibility: Adapt the spell-checking scope as your website evolves.
Your Spling Report Card will show what URLs are included in the scope of the check you ran.