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Internal Site Search and Indexing

 2:23 pm on Oct 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

Hi All

I've got a fairly busy website, and need a decent (Internal) search solution. At the moment I have the search requirements served by having this [ticketmy.com...]
on the bottom of may pages, the drawback(s) of this is,

1. It's at the bottom.
2. Depending on where you are it does not always display.

I tried [site-search-pro.com...] but the quality of the search results was not very good. (even searching for the page title exactly, the correct result was about 19th place). Also It seems I could not get the results to display on one of my own pages.

I have less than 1000 pages that will need indexing (currently), And I'm more than happy to pay for a decent solution. I also need something that's easy to implement (code is NOTmy strong point).

My site is hosted on Apache and I've got access to MySQL. All my pages/articles are written in flat html, (built with Dreamweaver).

What would you guys suggest for good quality results, that's easy to implement, and I can incorporate both the search function and the results into my own website?




 3:20 pm on Oct 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

i've heard good things about the open source sphinx search engine.
i'll see if i can get someone to chime in here.


 3:02 pm on Oct 31, 2012 (gmt 0)

Sphinx is a great solution, you can use it to index your MySQL (or other DB content) as well as filter static content into the index. However, it's not just a plug-and-play solution so the comment regarding "I also need something that's easy to implement" may deter anybody looking for plug-and-play. However, if you are willing to invest a little time it could indeed be exactly the solution to your problem.

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