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    "advanced search"

    I am almost finishing withi one of those free-ready-made templates and there is an "advanced search" box.

    How do I make the search feature actually work on the website?
    Tell me everything I out to know.

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    the search needs to hook into either a server-side script (e.g. a copy of http://www.htdig.org/ run on the client's server) or a search engine such as google.
    i would suggest leaving the search box "non functional" in your template, but nevertheless still coded as a proper form, so that whoever uses that template can then customise it to work with their search engine of choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redux
    i would suggest leaving the search box "non functional" in your template, but nevertheless still coded as a proper form, so that whoever uses that template can then customise it to work with their search engine of choice.
    I think he is the end-user of the template. He's not making a new one.
    But redux is right, the search functionality needs some scripting.
    I think the google route is pretty good. Check out their API's :
    http://www.google.com/apis/
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    Quote Originally Posted by kish
    I think he is the end-user of the template. He's not making a new one.
    But redux is right, the search functionality needs some scripting.
    I think the google route is pretty good. Check out their API's :
    http://www.google.com/apis/


    Yes, I am the end-user.
    I would use the google search tool but the site will be commercial.
    Any other authentic script that comes to your mind?

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    duh...next time i'll read the questions more clearly...
    you could look at AtomZ http://www.atomz.com/search/how.htm or indeed Google's custom web search http://www.google.com/services/websearch.html
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    I use Atomz search on one of my sites, and really like it.


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