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A personalized search engine

Posted by murcha on February 23, 2008

As I have several (acually, too many!!) blog sites, I wanted to put in place a widget box or link that would allow people to search for posts, topics or themes throughout my blogs, delicious, twitter etc, so lijit looked a distinct possibility. eg A visitor may wish to find any references that I have made to skype in any of my online posts. However, wordpress is fussy about code and the code that I embedded did not give me an attractive search box, just a boring almost non-visible text link. That was disappointing. However, I left the boring text link there and was surprised to see that Barney who must be one of the software producers for lijit emailed me for an evaluation of the link. After voicing my disappointment and contacting wordpress as to the reasons for failing to embed the lijit code, lijit worked further on the code and personalized a badge for me which now sits proudly on my globalteacher blog site. (WordPress blocks javascript.)

lijit badge

To make it easy for readers to navigate all your online sites and to find topics of interest, consider including a personal search engine widget.

 Instructions

To add the search widget (the one of your choice), register for a username and password. Activate your account through the resultant email. Return to site, copy the given  code for wordpress, or choose the one appropriate to your blog. Return to your wordpress presentation tab, choose widgets, add a text widget to your sidebar (drop and drag the extra text option into the sidebar and place in  position of your choice.), Click on the configure button in the top RH corner,>paste the code into the pop up window. Save > view site and a link to the search engine (in my case lijit) should be present. If it’s appearance does not look correct, contact me or the site from whom you got the code and they may have to modify it. Wonderful statistics and weekly feedback is also given. However there are other web2.0 sites who offer this search facility so choose one to suit you.

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3 Responses to “A personalized search engine”

  1. jodhiay said

    This is a great idea, and it’s nice to see that the lijit people care enough to get feedback from users and work with them to develop things that meet their needs!

  2. imogen88 said

    I agree, I think this sounds good too.

  3. Barney said

    Thanks for this post on Lijit working on WordPress!

    Sincerely,

    Barney

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