Google Search Appliance Implementation and Questions

Hi Experts,

I'm working on a search database project, with over 5,000 database entries. I'm considering using Google Search Appliance, because of the fact that you can connect your database directly to the search appliance, saving processing time on your server. I'm not too sure yet, as I thought I would raise this questions with you experts first.

Because I have over 5,000 database entries, I don't want to develop my own search box because of the server processing time, etc. The database is increasing slowly, and thought it would be best now and for the future to buy this Google Search Appliance. Also I'm aware that you can filter results, which would be benefitical as I have some entries that I don't want to display.

My questions are:

Is there any step-by-step guides to implement Google Search Appliance?
Can you customise the search page, so that it looks like it's part of your web application?
Google Site Search - could I connect this to my database directly, like the Google Search Appliance?
Are there any other tools out there, like Google Search Appliance, or any other search tools that I can use?
I want to be able to connect the suggestion tool with this Google Search Appliance, is this possible, any resources about how to do this?


Thank you in advance for all the help

Regards
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
The search page can be customized all you like.  The results page comes from Google and is not as customizable.  If you are going in this direction, you may want to consider using a Bing page instead...both search and results pages are more flexible than Google's.
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FeziAuthor Commented:
I've decided now to go with google custom search because it's cheaper,  can I customise the search page?
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FeziAuthor Commented:
Ahh.. What i'm trying to do, i'm building this database search form, and I want to use Google or something similar (maybe Bing now), and so I want to customise the results page. I don't want to display other advertisements, etc, I just want to display information coming from my database.

Google Custom Search - There is this filter that you can use to hide certain pages called AccessKeys.

Is Bing free to use?
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
Bing is free to use.
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FeziAuthor Commented:

Is there any implementation guides/scripts/codes?
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FeziAuthor Commented:
I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

Don't need this anymore.
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
I answered all of the questions with accurate information up until the point the OP changed topics a third time.  The GSA implementation information and the Google Custom Search information are both accurate.
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FeziAuthor Commented:
Thank you. Perfect Solution
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