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Thursday, March 17

Add search to your blog/website

It might be no surprise that Google has many special features to help you to find exactly what you're looking for. By starting a simple search from Google, you can see that the searchstring is entered into the url.



In Google you can use special keywords to customize your search. The keyword "site" followed by a colon enables you to restrict your search to a specific site. In the example below I searched for the word "DevPartner" in my entire blog-website.



I found it very useful to search into a specific blog-archive or into a specific website. This and some JavaScript is all you need to build the search-capability into you own webpages [Update : I've added a KeyPressEvent on the inputBox]:

    1 <html>

    2 <head>

    3     <title>Search Google</title>

    4 

    5     <script type="text/javascript">

    6     function SearchGoogleByEvent(event)

    7     {

    8         //keyCode for EnterKey = 13

    9         if (event.keyCode == 13)

   10         {

   11             SearchGoogle();

   12         }

   13     }

   14 

   15     function SearchGoogle()

   16     {

   17         var currentSearchString = document.getElementById('SearchString');

   18         window.navigate('http://www.google.com/search?q='

   19             + currentSearchString.value

   20             +  '+site%3Akinnie.blogspot.com');

   21     }

   22     </script>

   23 

   24 </head>

   25 <body>

   26 

   27 <h1>Search My Blog</h1>

   28 

   29 <input type="text" name="inputSearchString" id="SearchString"

   30     OnKeyPress="SearchGoogleByEvent(event);">

   31 

   32 <input type="button" value="Search My Site" OnClick="SearchGoogle();">

   33 

   34 </body>

   35 </html>



Another interesting Search Feature by Google is the "link" keyword. The query link:URL shows you pages that point to that specific URL.

Update : be careful if you want to add a "google-search" to your blog/website. Read blogpost of David Cumps for more details.

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