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Choose the Service For You

Search forms are the user interfaces to the search engine, so you can have several different forms, for your various needs.

  • Search Field: this is very small form with a text field and Search button: it can go on your front page or even in the navigation bar on every page.

  • Simple Search: a search form with an additional option or two, which may be on a search page with instructions and tips. Note that SiteMiner has a JavaScript search form, rather than a normal HTML form.

  • Advanced Search: lets the searcher have more control over the search, with options for date ranges or special zones. Only Atomz and Webinator include advanced search forms, though both are a bit obscure.

Each of the site search services provides an HTML or JavaScript search form for you to copy and paste to a page on your site. All you have to do is put the form into a page (you don't even have to post the page on your site at first). When you, or a searcher, types text into the field and clicks on the Search button, the browser recognizes the ACTION attribute of the FORM tag connects to the search server, and sends the form items, including the hidden site ID, so the server can tell which site you mean to search.

When the remote search server gets the form command, it looks in the index, matches the search words, and organizes the results. The URL of the results page is that of the search service, not of your server, because that's where the results page is coming from, but the URLs for the found pages themselves include your server name.

Note: SiteMiner only has a JavaScript search box: site visitors without JavaScript must follow a link to their site for searching. This limits your audience and makes it hard for people with old browsers, PDAs and other new client hardware, and those with impaired vision using speaking browsers.

For examples, see the SearchTools Search page

 

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