|Adding a search engine to your site|
I have a site with over 100 pages, a few months ago I added a google bar that restricts results to pages found on my site. Its worked out really well.
I'm about to launch a new site soon for a client that sells a variety of widgets created by 15 different manufucturers. Each Manufucturer will have their own page, each page may contain 5-200 widgets for sale, with specific widget names available. The site is in html, its not php-driven.
What's a good search engine feature that I can add to the site for free or at a low cost? Google will need months to index the site, so a google search bar is out of the question (and a bit unprofessional for an e-commerce site, I would think). So if a visitor is looking for a special widget on the products page, what type of search form can I add to the site to get him/her to the exact page that carries what they need since the keywords appear on that page?
You might try ht-Dig. (http://www.htdig.org).
It's free, and has an unlimited indexing size. You'll need shell access to use it though, or an understanding and helpful tech-support at your web host.
Looks pretty interesting.
The company that hosts my site has hit-and-miss support reps. About 80% of the time I get guys with canned answers who don't understand what I'm tryint to do, but every once in a while I luck out and get someone familiar with what I'm trying to accomplish.
I'll look into this more and see if it will work.
ht://dig is a very good site search. Probably the pioneer in this field.
Alternative to the one mentioned above is Perlfect Search.
Perlfect Search is a sophisticated, powerful, versatile, customizable and effective site indexing/searching suite available under an open source license (GPL). It comes as a pair of distinct scripts. The indexer, that automatically scans and indexes a web site, and the search engine, a cgi script that serves search queries for keywords over the index, and displays results pages in html, in a standard format including title, description and relevance ranking for each matching document. Advanced features include stopwords, a potent exclude mechanism and a handy automatic installation and configuration utility.
I used Freefind a few years ago before i switched to Google site search.