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    Newbie Affiliate Ian's Avatar
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    Alternative for Matt's search script
    Is there a similar search script like Matt's simple search? The new web host can't get my perl script to search and I don't want to have to setup MySQL or anything complicated with indexes or searcn engines. Is there a simple php script that is similar to Matt's search script where you just tell the script to search all files within a certain folder?

    Any suggestions would be great!

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    I'm not sure if this is what you're after Ian...

    http://www.zend.com/codex.php?id=841&single=1

    cheers,
    Oscar

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    Hey Oscar, godo to see your posts again

    Fantastic, this looks like it wil do it! Although I fix the perl script I had, this PHP option will be much easier to customize the returned HTML for the look and feel. Thanks!

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    http://www.xav.com

    Look for the Fluid Dynamics Search engine (click on the "Install" link). It configures itself (quickly), and extremly simple. It does need Perl to run, but does a good job finding it. It's free and worth a try.

    Fred

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    Thanks Fred. I will probably download it. But I think I am going to like the PHP one much better. Can't read PERL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Affiliate Ian
    Thanks Fred. I will probably download it. But I think I am going to like the PHP one much better. Can't read PERL!
    I understand, I like PHP better too, however...

    With the Fluid Dynamics system you can either download it, OR have it build the site for you - right then and there. All one has to do is fill in a few fields in an HTML form in order to start the process.

    Once the site is built, all of the search and result parameters are maintained/changed via the web interface. Result pages are completely customizable. The system resides on your server, not theirs, giving you the control.

    Just an FYI, it's a great solution for folks in our business.

    Fred

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    According to my all wise other half, whilst I adore php...Perl is platform independent...php if I'm not wrong only runs on Unix (?) platforms only.

    Glad I could be of assistance Ian...too bad you're not going to be around in Singapore in Jan2006.

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    ahhh thanks for the tip Fred. Now I gotta check it out!

    Oscar: wish I could be. I love the food in the part of the world!

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    Quote Originally Posted by buy_online
    With the Fluid Dynamics system you can either download it, OR have it build the site for you - right then and there. All one has to do is fill in a few fields in an HTML form in order to start the process.

    Once the site is built, all of the search and result parameters are maintained/changed via the web interface. Result pages are completely customizable. The system resides on your server, not theirs, giving you the control.

    Just an FYI, it's a great solution for folks in our business.

    Fred
    Fred,

    I can't agree with you more on the Fluid Dynamics system!

    After I outgrown the free (500 pages) Atomz SE, the Fluid Dynamics Search Engine is my bread and butter of site search, there may be other better than that one but, as of today, I am still very happy with the FDSE.

    Sal.

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    SO is that system only free for up to 500 pages?

    Hye getting lots of PHP errors with the first script. WHat is up with this line:

    Parse error: parse error, expecting `')'' in line 125

    Here is the line:

    $replace = array ("",
    " ",
    "\1",
    """,
    ---> "&",
    "<",
    ">",
    " ",

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    Quote Originally Posted by Affiliate Ian
    SO is that system only free for up to 500 pages?

    Hye getting lots of PHP errors with the first script. WHat is up with this line:

    Parse error: parse error, expecting `')'' in line 125

    Here is the line:

    $replace = array ("",
    " ",
    "\1",
    """,
    ---> "&",
    "<",
    ">",
    " ",
    Affiliate Ian,

    Forget all that crap, just click here and read all the info there.

    There are no page limit to index on your website, and it's free too.

    I have more than 8,000 pages on one site and that free site SE is doing what I need.

    Sal.

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    Will do thanks!

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    ok wait. how do i unzip a .tar? doh!

    Addon: nvm, found a zip version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Affiliate Ian
    ok wait. how do i unzip a .tar? doh!

    Addon: nvm, found a zip version.
    Come on Ian,

    Don't be so lazy, otherwise I will have to charge you $1,000.00

    Read all the info on that site!

    Like:

    Each version comes with a *.zip and a *.tar.gz version. The source files within each version are identical; the compression method is the only difference.
    Here is the other link: http://www.xav.com/scripts/search/fdse.zip

    Ian


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    Quote Originally Posted by Affiliate Ian
    ok wait. how do i unzip a .tar? doh!

    Addon: nvm, found a zip version.
    I don't know why you are unzipping, or worrying about a "tar ball" Why not just let it install automatically? It takes all of five minutes.

    Did you go here ?:
    http://install.xav.com/?p=fdse

    Doing it this way is totally automated...

    Sal, thanks, FDSE = best thing since slived bread.

    Fred

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    okok, u know i onyl got a few minutes here and there. no time to read every little bit. hehe

    Hey, it is auto indexing now. When I add new pages to the site, do I need to reindex everytime?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Affiliate Ian
    okok, u know i onyl got a few minutes here and there. no time to read every little bit. hehe

    Hey, it is auto indexing now. When I add new pages to the site, do I need to reindex everytime?
    I think whenever you make any changes to any pages in a "Realm" you need to re-index. You may want to (you can do this later) set up a separate realm for each datafeed on your site. That makes re-indexing faster (if for example you only updated feed "xyz"). It's also pretty cool for your site visitors, as they will then be able to search in only selected merchant feeds on your site, OR search all of them (that's an option you can enable or disable).

    Long story there, but it's all in the documentation. It took me a while to read, but I was happy to do it when all of the real work is done for me. I just installed it on a site that has PHP generated pages, and it seems to work well for those too.

    Have a good weekend,

    Fred

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    ok, there is a bit to read but got the manual install working. This thing is POWERFUL! Have not figured out how to filter pages... yet but I can't believe this thing is free? Better keep a copy for safe keeping. I have a feeling there will be a charge soon.

    Thanks again everyone! yikes! I like it!

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    ok, have been testing out the script. It's fantastic! But I can't seem to deny indexing of folders deeper than the wwwroot. I am using this Deny rule in the filer:

    ^http://[^/]+(/[^/]*){0,1}$

    But it still not working. Any ideas?

    Also, can't find info on how to set filter so that only my .shtml files are indexed. Anyone?

    TIA!

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    ok, don't hurt me... found both answers It's not in the filtering section. It's in the manage realm section for anyone else looking for it. Hope this helps someone

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    does anyone know of a good search script that will index dynamic (PHP) pages please?
    One day parasites and their ilk will be made illegal, I bet a few Lawyers will be pissed off when the day comes.
    Mr. Spitzer is fetching it nearer

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    Gordon, I think the one Fluid Dynamics Search engine does. It was even trying to index my .php forum pages.

    On another but similar note, because I am using SSI to my top and left navigantion bars, is there a downside to adding http:// to all href tags in here. Is this a bad idea for my site? Currently, I am already doing this for me top navigation but thought to ask if anyone sees a downside to running my "template" (top and left nevigation bars) as full url's rather than just the relative path. Anything I need to be concerned about SEO or anything else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon
    does anyone know of a good search script that will index dynamic (PHP) pages please?
    I was able to get it (Fluid Dynamics) to do mine, but am having trouble getting the kind results (Descriptions) that I want. Admittedly, I've only played with it (the PHP part) for a few minutes.

    Fred

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    You are right Fred. The more you play with it, the better the results

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