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katalyst
11-04-2003, 03:17 AM
hi, im new to the forums... thought id make the virgin post a good one.

Heres the problem.
I want to be able to search another site from my site and return the results in a table on my site. Is this possible?

Reason.
Im an affiliate to TigerDirect.com and i want the visitor to be able to search for computer parts via my site and return the results to my site.

Any help or comments would be greatly appreciated. I have no clue if this is possible or if so how to go about setting it up.

Steve

Spookster
11-04-2003, 04:02 AM
http://www.google.com/services/websearch.html

katalyst
11-04-2003, 04:54 AM
well this works but... i was thinking more of i could display images like that of Tigerdirect.com.... not just google links. like on www.tigerdirect.com when you search for "memory" it brings up a page full of memory. this is what i was thinking of.

Can it be done?

Spookster
11-04-2003, 05:31 AM
If you want to search other sites from your site unless you are planning on developing your own search engine technology then you will need to use a third party service such as google.

welo
11-04-2003, 07:15 AM
Originally posted by katalyst
well this works but... i was thinking more of i could display images like that of Tigerdirect.com.... not just google links. like on www.tigerdirect.com when you search for "memory" it brings up a page full of memory. this is what i was thinking of.
If you expect to run a Google-type targeted search on your own site that harvests someone else's site along with images, you aren't going to do this easily. There are a couple of options though:

phpDig (http://www.phpdig.net) is something you might want to look into, and if you need something more robust while having a few bucks to spend, then WebGlimpse (http://webglimpse.org) is viable (if you're a noob to SSH you'll have big problems installing WG, and it builds flatfile archives eating lots of server space; superior SE spider though; crawls anything, even dhtml menus).

As an aside, why aren't there any seriously competing PHP search robots out there? All the best commercial ones are still done in Perl.