In SearchBlox, a collection is a grouping of documents indexed according to a set of rules and paths, and searches are submitted against the collection. The set of collections that are created can be viewed through the collection dashboard. The collection dashboard is accessible only by the admin.
There are several different types of collections that can be created in SearchBlox:
[Dynamic Content Collection](🔗)
[File System Collection](🔗)
[Amazon S3 Collection](🔗)
# Creating a Collection
After logging in to the Admin Console, select the **Collections** tab and click on **Create a new Collection** icon.
Choose a Collection Type.
Enter a Unique Collection Name.
Choose Private/Public Collection Access and Collection Encryption as per the requirements.
Choose the language of the content (if the language is other than English).
Click Save to create the collection.
Private collections can be accessed only through secure search authentication.
Public collections can be accessed with or without secure search authentication.
# Collection Dashboard Items
The Collections page displays the following headers:
**ID** (Collection ID number)
**Type** (Collection Type)
**Collection Name** (Unique Collection Name)
**Status** (Indexing or Ready)
**Last Updated **(Date and time the index was last updated)
**Queries **(Number of queries that each collection has processed)
**Documents **(Number of documents currently in the index)
**Language** (Language used in the indexed data)
**Actions ** (Possible actions that can be performed such as index, refresh, clear, configure collection, search and delete)