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Want site search, but not use Google

What are my options?

     

Swanny007

8:27 pm on Dec 29, 2012 (gmt 0)

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OK well I know of Google's site search such as CSE however I don't want to use them as an internal search engine.

What is the best alternative for a site search tool that I don't have to mess with? I don't want something locally as I have a forum, photo gallery script, static HTML pages, etc. I think my site search tool needs to be something external that indexes like a search engine.

I tried looking at Bing and Yahoo but didn't see a site search type offering.

So how do I get something comparable to the Google site search box for my site, except not use Google? Ideally I want something free but I would consider paid options if it's really good.

phranque

10:29 am on Mar 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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did you ever get a solution to this Swanny007?

there is a google search appliance and other enterprise search options, but that might be pricey for your purposes.
Google Enterprise Search - relevant, easy search for intranets and websites:
http://www.google.com/enterprise/search/ [google.com]

blekko has an embeddable serach box but i haven't tried it - blekko:
http://blekko.com/about/blekkogear [blekko.com]

if you're willing to consider hosting your own there is a solution discussed here -Internal Site Search and Indexing - Website Technology Issues forum:
http://www.webmasterworld.com/website_technology/4514201.htm [webmasterworld.com]

Swanny007

3:03 pm on Mar 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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No I didn't find a good alternative. The G search box won't work because well, it's a Google product, but also because I operate my sites on VPS with no access to hardware.

I looked at Blekko but it doesn't seem to have indexed my sites... I will look at the other mentions in the other thread. Thanks.

Kendo

5:52 pm on Mar 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Why not just use Google? They take plenty from everyone, so why not take something back if it's free?

Swanny007

7:34 pm on Mar 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Using their search just gives them more insight into my visitors and what they are looking for. They take enough as it is from everyone. From what I can see so far, they have the best site search out there, though.

jimbeetle

8:58 pm on Mar 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Check gigablast, it used to have a site search function.

bill

4:58 am on Mar 15, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I'm still using the old Fluid Dynamics Search Engine script on one site. It hasn't been updated since 2005 though. ;p

Dijkgraaf

9:33 pm on Mar 24, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I've used this one for many years, [freefind.com...]
The free version has limits (e.g. 3,000 pages)
 

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