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    A site search feature is an option to enable your web users to search your entire web site for the content they are looking for.

    The two general methods of implementing a site search are:

    • Site Search Online Services
    • Site Search Server Based Programs

    Site Search Online Services

    FreeFind is an online service that will automatically create, update and host a site search feature for you. FreeFind is free for personal use on sites with less than 32MB of HTML. FreeFind also creates a site map for your site.

    Google Custom Search is a useful tool that implements a site search using the Google database along with an option to use Google to search the entire Internet.

    FreeFind is a better tool to use if Google doesn’t index your site frequently. FreeFind will index your site whenever you choose.

    Google’s site search has a slightly more attractive user interface.

    Other services which implement and host site searches include:

    Site Search Server Based Programs

    Some webmasters prefer to install and use a site search program on their server. This is a greater administrative burden, but it also gives the webmaster greater control over his site search.

    Most of these server based site search systems are PERL scripts.

    The current leader in site search is ht://dig. However, ht://dig is powerful and can be complex to setup. A smaller and easier package might be better for your needs.

    Other software packages which implement site search include:

    Search Tools is an amazingly good web site for finding the right search tools for a web site or Intranet.

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    4 comments
    1. Tanya Marten

      8 February, 2012 at 2:34 am

      Thanks.  Just what I was looking for.

      Reply
    2. Parker Shorthair

      1 January, 2012 at 8:53 pm

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    3. Shockwave

      9 March, 2011 at 3:27 am

      The easiest way to add a search engine to your site is to use this code.  Just plop it in your website.

      This will search the whole internet (in another window)

      <!–
      <form action=”http://www.google.com/cse” id=”cse-search-box”>
      <div>
      <input type=”hidden” name=”cx” value=”partner-pub-0931223074117014:1533203349″ />
      <input type=”hidden” name=”ie” value=”UTF-8″ />
      <input type=”text” name=”q” size=”55″ />
      <input type=”submit” name=”sa” value=”Search” />
      </div>
      </form>
      –>

      If you need code to search your whole website, or you want it to open the search results in the same window, as your search bar, I would need more information to build the code.  Its pretty easy.  Just email me at: [email]shockwave13@gmail.com[/email] and I will help you build the code.

      Cheers

      Reply
      • francis

        11 May, 2012 at 4:29 am

        I need code for searching an intranet site.

        Reply
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