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SearchTools Survey - July 2001

Reasons Why Search is Not Installed

In this survey, around 60% of the site managers had not installed a search engine, about the same as our previous surveys.

When explaining why not, most said that they didn't do so because they didn't have time (42%), although this number is going down slowly. 16% blamed preceived complexity, a number which is holding steady. More and more site managers are citing cost considerations, up from 4% in 1999 to 8% this summer. Only 6% of the sites can't run CGIs or other server software, and 5% don't have enough content to justify an effort.

In addition to our earlier standard categories, many people chose say that they have a new site and plan to add search as part of the site design. Search engine quality is also becoming a consideration, with several people noting that they are searching for a good engine, or complaining about problems with a previous search engine.

July 2001


Reasons NOT to implement search  Numbers citing
Haven't had time 371
Too complex to add 139
Cost is too high 73
Can't use CGI on our system 53
New site 48
Not enough content to justify 47
Don't see any need 35
Don't know how 27
Looking for a good one 23
Database is searchable 21
other 40


October 2000

September 1999

March 1999

July 2001 Survey Results

Sites & Search
 - Why Install
 - Why Not Installed
 - Site Sizes
 - Update Rate
 - Server Location
 - Languages
 - Multilingual Sites
 - File Formats
 - Summary
 - Popular
 - Custom
 - Others

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