Site Search Scripts
Posted by Pixelhead
A client asked me about putting a search engine on his site so that visitors could find selected products. Having a search engine on an ecommerce site makes it easier for return visitors to find pages that they visited previously. Having a search function on a site is a usability issue that could result in lower sales if it is not present.
Below are some search engine scripts that I found while doing research, but I have not evaluated them in anyway, but did note when I found a user rating.
Premium Site Search Scripts
For a professional ecommerce site, I would recommend using a premium search script rather than a free search script.
http://www.site-search-pro.com/ $39 (high user rating)
http://www.freefind.com/plans.html paid ($19-$79)and free options
http://www.aleadsoft.com/ $59 for standard or $99 for pro and has a free trial version.
Free Site Search Scripts
Free is a nice thing, but often times it does come with a price. The price for using a free site search script is often that in addition to searching your site, adds for other sites will appear in the search results. If potentially sending visitors away from your site does not bother you, then I would suggest signing up for a Google Adsense account and using the Google site search tool bar. In addition to the Google site search, I have also included several other free site search script options here as well.
Got any other site search engine scripts that could be added to the list?