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Installing your own search
If your site supports server side functionality such as
CGI, PHP, or ASP, you have the option of
installing a script to handle the search function for you, on the house.
As you look over the below scripts, pay close attention to the efficiency
factor, for your server's sake. Generally, the commercial ones are better
tuned to handle large sites. I've listed a few of the better known search
engine scripts for the three languages listed above:
Need a powerful internal search engine script to allow visitors to
search the contents of your site? This script uses Google to enable
comprehensive search on your site. Cut and paste installation that works
on any type of sites.
Sphider (PHP, free)
Sphider is a lightweight web spider and search engine written in
PHP, using MySQL as its back end database. It is suitable for adding
search functionality to small or medium sites (up to around 20,000 pages).
It also works great as a tool for site analysis - finding broken links,
gathering statistics about the site etc.
TSEP is a search engine for a website for your website! You can put a
"Search this site" anywhere on your website and let people quickly find
what they are looking for.
Zoom Search Engine (PHP, commercial $49-$99)
Zoom is a robust PHP script for adding powerful custom search engine
to your website, intranet, or CD/DVD.
Perlfect Search (Perl, free)
An integrated, general purpose, site indexer and search engine. It comes
as a pair of distinct scripts. The indexer, that automatically, scans and
indexes a web site, and the search engine, a cgi script that serves search
queries for keywords over the index, and displays results pages in html,
in a standard format including title, description and relevance ranking
for each matching document.
CGIWorld Site Search
(Perl, commercial $25)
SiteSearch gives you the ability to search your website quickly &
easily by the use of the password protected browser based administration
area. Set the path of the directory you want searched, set the files &
directories you want searched, and also the directories & files you do not
want searched. SiteSearch is a great tool for the average website of
around or below 500 pages.
Dynamics Search Engine (Perl, free and commercial
FDSE is an easy-to-install search engine for local and remote sites.
It returns fast, accurate results from a template-driven architecture.
Freeware and shareware versions are available with Perl source.
ASP Site Search (ASP, free)
This ASP Site Search application is commented on each line of code to
make it easier for a beginner to follow or to customise. The Site Search
application comes in two versions the Advanced version has more functions
but requires that the web server has the VB Scripting Engine 5 or above
Search Pro (ASP, commercial)
Site Search Pro 2.0 is comprehensive search script for ASP or PHP
We recommend in most cases outsourcing this aspect of your site to
someone else. The hassle saved will take years off of you, maybe even your