Bootstrap HTML website site search

Posted on 2014-03-26
Last Modified: 2014-03-27
I just made a bootstrap framework html site and now want to add a site search to it.  I am open to suggestions on the best way to go with this.
Question by:solsticeint
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Simplest method is to use a Google search.
Add a form like below and change the value of to whatever site you want to search.

<form name="google-search" method="get" action="">
      <input type="hidden" name="sitesearch" value="" />
      <input name="q" type="text" />
      <input type="submit" name="sa" value="Google" />

There are other methods but this is simple and free.

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This is what I was looking at.  Seems like the easy way.  Any other options?
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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If you use google custom search, you can integrate with your site instead of pushing the results outside of your site
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Rartemass earned 500 total points
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You can install a Pearl search script but need access to the webserver for that.

PHP option

Javascript option

There are a lot of these available either for free or paid. Test out a free and see what is best for your requirements.
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The issue I have with Google CSE is that it comes with Google branding and ads and its costs $100 per year to remove them.
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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$100 is nothing.  You are not using your resources, and your results from something else are not going to beat google's.   There is also custom search which is free.  The only branding is in the search box and it is muted and again on the top right side.    

Here is the demo
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While I agree Google search is powerful, some people won't be able to justify a $100 cost, especially when there are free alternatives.
I guess it comes down to server resource cost vs Google's cost based on the site's needs.

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Thank you.

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