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Remote search services provide almost-instant gratification: you can
test them as soon as they're done with the indexing. Most of them have
a test search form on their site: if not, copy their form
to your local page and try it out.
There are two basic kinds of search queries: those which match pages
on your site that contain every search term and those that
match any search term, though they may not show you every matching
page . A few will let searchers choose the best approach.
If your site contains text from other languages, you need to watch
out for letter matching issues. Some search engines can only match
the 26 English characters, while others can match diacritical characters
(such as î and á) and special characters (ø and
ß). PicoSearch and MondoSearch also offer multilingual interfaces.
Non-Roman scripts such as Arabic, Russian and Japanese are even harder,
although PicoSearch offers results in Chinese.
When you do a search, and the engine locates a set of pages that
match your search, it has to sort them as best it can. This is particularly
difficult with one and two word searches -- it's hard to tell which
is the most relevant page (the best match).
Like hairstyles and music, success in relevance ranking is a matter
of taste. You should do a number of searches to see what you think
of any search engine you choose. Try searches with just one word,
others with two, and still others with four or five. This should give
you a feeling for the kinds of relevance ranking that a search engine
|| extended characters
||any (can use + and -), quotes for phrases
||finds plurals and other word forms, can
|choice of any or all
||all (can use - for exclude and ""
for exact phrase)
||all by default, option on search form
on result page, also Boolean and quotes for phrases
||searches for linguistic stem of English words (e.g.
"remot", "advertis"). Also has Soundex search.
||options for synonym list, automatic stemming, phonetic
||choice of any or all
||yes, recognizes languages, results in
||shows which pages have all words
||choice of any, all, or phrase, can use
+, - or Boolean
||yes, can have results in many languages
||has advanced search form.