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    Question Looking for PHP-based search engine suggestions

    Hi guys!

    I'm looking for suggestions for PHP-based website search engines, either flat file or database driven.

    Thanks!

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    I came across Sphider, and was very impressed - I got on well with it, it was easy to skin and seems to work very well.

    http://www.sphider.eu/

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    Yeah, I was looking at Sphider earlier today.

    It's not the most feature rich search engine, but it is free and it's also highly customizable, too.

    Do you have a working example to share?

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    It depends on your website. Is it database driven website? if yes, then how many different articles do you have in the database?

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    Working example of Sphider on a live site - see http://www.nugc.net

    It does word stemming, spelling suggestions based on what is in the index, relevance ranking and all that - I liked it a lot. Customising it was indeed very easy as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormrider View Post
    It does word stemming, spelling suggestions based on what is in the index, relevance ranking and all that - I liked it a lot. Customising it was indeed very easy as well.
    I only had one concern when running the demo; there was a visible fatal error within the admin' system. Usually a big turn off for me.

    That said, Sphider does seem to tick a lot of boxes for me, so thanks!

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    I've used Sphider too. It works well.


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