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How do i search other websites & display the results on my page?

   
7:01 am on May 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi everybody,

I'm brand new to the wonderful world of website building, so please be gentle with me and apologies if this has been answered a million times already.

I am building a website for an industry based on Wordpress, but tweaked with what little knowledge of html that i have. I've used a few plugins to do various things such as news feeds from industrial magazines etc, but what i would really like to do is have a page where a user can search for a specific type of job. I see this as being a form:

Region - (drop down listing regions)
Job - (drop down listing types)
Salary - (drop down listing salary bands)

etc

I then want to submit this form to other websites and have the results display on my page (obviously I will acknowledge where the result came from). I guess it will be a bit like a comparrison web site

Is this possible and if so how?

Thanks in advance

/Mango
12:18 am on May 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi Mango, and welcome to WebmasterWorld :)

It is possible, and there are a number of options that spring to mind. The first option might be to speak to some of the sites you wish to gain results from. They may provide feeds for this type of situation. XML or RSS feeds can be parsed (read) on your site and displayed.

Another option is to use something like Google custom search although you will loose a lot of control over the way the results are displayed.

I think in terms of looking for a fully branded experience using feeds from sites who are willing to cooperate would be the best idea.

Mack.
12:55 pm on May 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi Mack

Thanks for the info. I wrote to the first company last wednesday and i'm still waiting to hear from them. I've managed to write seomthing which does everything i want it to do and from my desktop it works well (click submit, target site page pops up with the correct result), but when i upload to my website, when i press the submit button, the page from my target site is a login page.

Like i said, i'm new to this, so i think i just need to play around with the html to make it work from my website

thanks again for your help

all the best

/Mango