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Please migrate to the Custom Search Element API 2.0

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moki
moki

We received an email from Google stating “Please migrate to the Custom Search Element API 2.0”

Does your plugin support this API? We currently use it for site search.  Email below:

.....

Dear Custom Search Engine Administrator,

The Custom Search Element API 1.0, which was deprecated in 2012 in favor of API 2.0, is now no longer maintained. API 1.0 may experience outages and failures, and possibly stop working entirely.

You’re receiving this message because our records show you might currently be using the Custom Search Element API 1.0. You can confirm if you’re using this version by looking at the code on your search page for a call to google.search.CustomSearchControl.

Next Steps

To avoid any potential interruptions in service, please update your website to use the Custom Search Element API 2.0. The easiest way to transition is through the CSE Control Panel at cse.google.com, where you can generate your new Custom Search Engine code and add it to your website.

We’re always improving the Custom Search Engine and we thank you for your support. For more information about the Custom Search Element API, visit Google Developers.

Sincerely,
The Custom Search Engine Team

Derek Hogue
# 1
Developer
Derek Hogue

This change has to do with people using Google’s javascript implementation of custom search, not those using the API implementation (as the Google Custom Search module does). So no changes are required if you’re using this add-on.

moki
# 2
moki

Strange that we’d receive the email from Google then; all we’re doing is using your plugin.

Thanks for the quick response.

Derek Hogue
# 3
Developer
Derek Hogue

They are sending this email to everyone who has a Google Custom Search site setup period, as far as I can tell.

marcusneto
# 4
marcusneto

Just as an update. Google is turning off the ability to purchase additional queries using Google Custom Search. So, if you use this addon and get to that threshold it appears that the addon stops working and Google forces the results back to a Google Results page. This is a money grab by Google as they want the ad revenue for ads displayed on those results pages. The addon does work. If you are going to be below the minimum then you should be ok. They will be turning GCS off in April of 2018 though.

Derek Hogue
# 5
Developer
Derek Hogue

Marcus - can you point me to an announcement from Google in this regard?

marcusneto
# 6
marcusneto

Sure: https://enterprise.google.com/search/products/gss.html

And when we log into the control panel for our CSE we see that our subscription has expired and that you cannot renew it as they will be shutting down the service per the date on the page above.

Derek Hogue
# 7
Developer
Derek Hogue

Ah, yeah that only applies to Site Search. There is no indication that the ability to pay for additional daily queries by enabling billing on the Custom Search JSON/Atom API will be going away, nor that the Custom Search JSON/Atom API will be going away.

marcusneto
# 8
marcusneto

10-4. Thanks for the clarification.