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Creating a "site search" facility
What do I need to do to create a search facility on a site?

 8:43 pm on Apr 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

Hi, I was wondering if anyone could help me. I am currently building a website that requires a facility to search the site and return the relevant pages within the site.

Can anyone give me some guidance on what it is I need to do?

Thanks, Delvsie



 8:56 pm on Apr 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

Hi delvsie,

Welcome to WW,

Depending on your requirements there's a bunch of scripts available that will do the job. Many are free, some have a small fee and others are full-priced application packages.

Do a search on Google for search engine script and you'll come up with a host of possibilities. Any of the questions you might have on installing or using any of them can be answered by many of the folks here on WW.



 8:58 pm on Apr 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

Cheers Jim. I will search Google this very minute!


 9:00 pm on Apr 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

Hi delvsie,

As a first port-of-call, take a look around hotsripts.com, and if you are on a unix platform, then Perl or PHP will be your best bet.

I have not used it myself, but ht//dig is supposedly very good aswell.

There have been multiple topics here about ht//dig before, so many of your questions will be answerable by reading these posts. if not, just ask ;)


<edit>typo corrected</edit>


 9:09 pm on Apr 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

I've been very pleased with Atomz. It's free for sites up to 500 pages.


 9:10 pm on Apr 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

hey Delvsie, depending on your requirements - you have two options: 1) on-site search 2) remotely hosted site search

On-site search consists of the scripts that you host on your web site. WebmasterWorld's site search usesa mod of FDSE [xav.com].

You can find a list of hosted search [directory.google.com] services here. The service has limits on the number of pages or the serving of ads in exchange for site search.

The advantage of on-site search is that you can customize the layout to your liking. Remote search is easy to setup and does not utilize your server space.


 11:27 pm on Apr 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

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