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There is a new custom search engine I've been testing out called Swiftype.  I figured I'd share because it is entirely customizable and completely awesome.

Great configuration options

Easy to install and includes auto-complete..

You can even snap it in the place of your existing search box if you like..

I won't go into a large amount of detail on it here but if you get stumped and need some help figuring it out, drop me a comment.  I will write a more detailed walk through for configuring with Ning 2.o and 3.0 on my blog over the weekend. Enjoy!

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  • Awesome JF!  Another Creator with a positive post.  Thank you for sharing it with us all.

  • Great, I will wait for your blog post.

  • Checkin this out for sure!  I've been wondering how to search with the tags I've been dutifully putting on my blog posts :)

    • cool JF,,, Definitely a nice find thank you for sharing :-)

  • Sweetness. Def tweak this around. Thanks for sharing ;)

  • Yeah, this is pretty good. I haven't had a whole lot of time to play, but here's some rough things you guys may find handy (sorry, it's a little sloppy coding... @ 1 AM):

    3238274?profile=original

    • Insert search into Ningbar
    • Replace their ugly magnifying glass
    • A few minor CSS tweaks
    • Insert a GIF link in Ningbar to take members to an Advanced search page.

    I'm using the overlay dropdown in the Ningbar and full page in a custom ning page.

    Add to Custom Code

    <!-- Insert Swiftype Search and Adv Search in Ning Bar -->
    <script type="text/javascript">
    x$(".ningbar-userLinks.linkbar").after('<form id="search-container"><input type="text" id="st-search-input" class="st-search-input" /></form><div style="position: absolute; top:.8em; right: 36em;" class="Adv-Search-Container"><a title="Advanced Search" href="YOUR URL" target="_blank"><img title="Advanced Search" alt="Advanced Search" src="https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/964749609?profile=original"></a></div>');
    </script>

    A little CSS...

    /* Swiftype Search Tweaks */
    #search-container {float:right; margin: .4em; }
    form input.st-search-input {
    font-size: .95em;
    height: 2em!important;
    width: 18em!important;
    color: #333;
    border: 1px solid #fff;
    background: #fcfcfc url(https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/964749619?profil...) no-repeat 4px 2px!important;
    }

    Thanks again for sharing J

    FT

    • NC for Hire

      nice work!  Here it is on my 2.0 site home page with search in opposite columns

      3238372?profile=original

      and here it is on another page with search results happening in same column...

      3238379?profile=original

      very robust!

      • Looks great man! I bitched about our 2.0 search for years. I'm thinking this is one of the best options I've seen around. Like you said; very robust.... and surprisingly fast!

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