Google Custom Search


Derek Hogue - Amphibian Design

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GNU General Public License v3

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Display search results from your Google Custom Search Engine using standard EE template tags via the Google Custom Search API.

This module is a great search solution for your site if:

  • you have a low-to-medium traffic site;
  • you want better relevance when searching, including the ability to add synonyms for search terms and more;
  • you need to include the contents of PDF files in your search results;
  • you need to search non-EE content (e.g., static HTML files) or content from other domains or sites, in addition to your EE content;

The Google Custom Search API currently limits searches to 100 results per query, and 100 free queries per day. There is no daily query limit if you enable billing on your account (additional queries are $5 per 1000 queries, per day.)

Google Custom Search also integrates with Snaptcha to prevent spam searches from using up your queries and filling your search log with junk. (A simpler, but less-ruthless “honeypot” anti-spam measure is included for those who don’t use Snaptcha.)

Learn more on the official site for Google Custom Search.

Google Custom Search Links

This entry was created June 22, 2011, 10:20 am.
This entry was last updated August 14, 2019, 9:36 am.

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6 Reviews:

Delaris Dev 08.14.19

Delaris Dev
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Great addon.  We have used it on multiple site for years.  Just upgraded one to EE3x and had an issue.  BEST SUPPORT I have ever had!

stefanos 07.18.19

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Great module !
After updating a website to the EE 5 version, I needed to improve the relevance in the Google search, and an update has just been released !
Nice job !

5BYFIVE 04.28.12

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I had this setup and working using the example template code within minutes. I definitely recommend!

osbar 11.15.11

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The Google Custom Search works exactly prescribed.  Derek was very quick in response to questions both in the support form and over email.

JCDerrick 10.13.11

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This is a really great add-on and seamlessly integrates Google Custom Search within my EE installation. Being able to customize the results page and see the search queries in the CP is fantastic. Super job on this add-on. Very easy to implement.

YM 10.05.11

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Excellent module, fantastic options for integration to my site. Excellent support as well, A+!