Saturday, February 21, 2009

Geek post: How to use Google Search APIs on your blog

HOW CAN YOU MAKE GOOGLE SERVE YOU BETTER? Customizing Google search to suit one's needs in a more controlled manner has been a fairly less exploited area - at least by the end-users. Perhaps because there are enough 3rd party widgets available to assist a normal tusker with her Blog to do this work. This post, though a diversion from the normal theme of discussion here, is about getting a little hands-on with Google Search API to put a professional looking search-box on your blog - all the while utilizing existing components available on (what's called) the Google OS.

With a little tweak, this method also works with TypePad. Now, if you have means of posting CSS and JavaScript on your WordPress hosted blog, you can use Step-1 through Step-11 to create your customised Google Search Engine and plug it into your personal blog.

All the best!
  • Seel also:
  • Go here for documentation of the Google Search API.
  • Go here for (official) Google Ajax API's Blog
  • Go here for Ajax Search API Playground for some ready made code if you are ok with that black template (the blog is dead through).

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