What To Use For Site Search Engine
Posted 26 August 2011 - 02:04 PM
I'm looking around at site search engines. So far I've found Google's site search ($100/year for 20,000 queries). I also read about IBM's Omnifind but couldn't find the supposedly free Yahoo version .
Any suggestions on what to use?
Posted 26 August 2011 - 02:22 PM
You might not want to use this with an ecommerce site or a site where trying to earn money isn't cool.
Posted 26 August 2011 - 03:14 PM
What about the fact that I'm dealing with a site that is about tobacco
Edited by mrgoodfox, 26 August 2011 - 03:14 PM.
Posted 26 August 2011 - 03:55 PM
I don't know about that... you better check the Adsense rules. Tobacco might not be a topic that is allowed.
Posted 26 August 2011 - 05:38 PM
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Posted 28 August 2011 - 10:34 AM
Edited by A.N.Onym, 28 August 2011 - 10:34 AM.
Posted 28 August 2011 - 12:20 PM
I'll post the site here for review in few days so you can see it in action as well
Posted 29 August 2011 - 01:13 PM
Am currently testing a new (for me) implementation on a site.
In the past I have used site search from Bing and Yahoo! to build traffic referrals from those search engines. Unfortunately, Bing shut down its site search tool. They want people to move to their API, which is fine for powerful developers but not for little guys like me.
Posted 29 August 2011 - 02:25 PM
A couple of things I've considered (but have never settled upon):
Zoom - http://www.wrensoft.com/zoom/
SiteLevel - sitelevel.com
PHP Flat File Search - http://www.niblr.com...-search-script/ (for a site that I don't want to use a database on)
Like I said, haven't settled on anything but those are a few I've considered.
Posted 29 August 2011 - 03:22 PM
I use a custom build (including GUI) of Indri from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Carnegie Mellon University. With associated components it can do just about everything a webdev might desire. But - it is definitely not appropriate for most.
Perhaps the most popular of the 'geeky' open source search solutions is Lucerne Core and Solr search platform from the Apache Foundation.
While the above are extremely powerful and flexible they have enormous learning curves for most. And that is where Google Site Search shines - it is easy. And it does an adequate job for most sites.
My problem with the easy simple and 'free' solutions is that you are not in control. Instead you are relying on a third party on a server somewhere else; sharing all your site search data with that third party; bounded by their service options. And 'paid' solutions are often the same as free but white labelled.
To get the site search power of the best of the open source solutions and the ease of the 'free' data mining solutions means buying an enterprise solution at a huge lease cost.
Good, cheap, quick. Pick two.
cheap, quick -> Google, et al.
good, quick -> expensive enterprise solution.
good, cheap -> steep (vertical for many/most webdevs) learning curve.
Posted 29 August 2011 - 11:00 PM
Posted 29 August 2011 - 11:07 PM
Edited by A.N.Onym, 29 August 2011 - 11:07 PM.
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