If your website has a lot of content, offering your users search functionality that makes it easier for them to find the content they're looking for is a usability must.
It can also enable you to track which content is most popular.
Here are 10 hosted site search tools that give you the ability to offer search functionality with no fuss and no muss.
Some offer advanced functionality such as tracking and analytics.
- Atomz (Free)
- Bravenet Site Search (Free)
- FreeFind (Free and Paid)
- FusionBot (Free and Paid)
- Google Custom Search Engine (Free)
- Google SiteSearch (Paid)
- JRank (Free)
- Live Search Box (Free)
- PicoSearch (Free and Paid)
(Free and Paid)
When choosing a service, keep the following in mind that most of the free services are ad-supported and have limits on the number of pages indexed and the frequency at which pages are re-indexed.
Depending on how large your website is, how frequently it is updated and how much customization you desire, a paid service may be necessary to offer an adequate experience.
In a future post, I'll look at a number of hosted site search tools.