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Using Google Custom Search on an ecommerce site?

     
7:50 pm on Sep 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I'm giving serious thought to making a drastic change to my site to make it a 100% ecommerce site. I already have a lot of traffic, so I wouldn't be starting from scratch.

The pages that feature the products will have a database query to show if the items are in stock or not. The database being queried is different than the one that has the prices and information about the products. That means I can't have a second database connection to the database with prices and product descriptions.

So, I've thought about using Google Custom Search on the site, but I can't decide if seeing the Google name is a turn-off or not.

I don't think there's any way to get rid of the Google logo on the search.

What say you? Good idea or bad?

9:52 am on Sept 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Google site search [google.com...] can be used without branding but this is not free.
1:28 pm on Sept 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I looked at that. Actually I went through the process of applying the code before purchasing. The search results still display "Google Custom Search" on the side, or am I missing something?
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You can completely customise Google's sitesearch - you can even pull the results in an XML file, parse and display it however you want.
10:36 pm on Sept 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Thanks. For $250 or $500 a year it's a really good deal.
5:52 am on Oct 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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You should try SOLR for site search.