My questions are: How complex is it to make these unintegrated search providers conform to EPiServer page property values? Say for instance, that I want to search pages within a given time span, such as course start and stop dates, or properties containing free text or category values. I'm guessing metadata will come into play somehow, but I have yet to find out how to make Google or Microsoft parse these values.
The customer is using EPiServer 4.6x so unfortunately the epicode provider EasySearch is not an option, otherwise I would probably have recommended that one.
Any pointers and recommendations would be most appreciated!Regards,/Marten
Never tried Google Site Search, but using MSS atm.
With MSS you add the data you want to be able to search as metadata, make som configurations and you'll be able to search that data. A problem that I've bumped into is that alla meta data crawled is saved as text, and it seems like you can't change it in the admin interface. So i'm not sure how it will handle timespan searches and sorting by int/datetime etc..
Another thing you could try is Google Mini...
If you are interested in MSS Ted Nyberg has two posts about it on his blog http://www.tednyberg.com
I think most search servers has the ability to pick-up meta data inside the html head-tag.
I use this strategy successfylly to be able to construct more advanced queries with Siteseeker.
Ted Nyberg's posts on MSS was very informative.
The problem with the time span search can possibly be intervened within the search results presentation, if not before. Not the prettiest solution, but it will do for now.
Thanks for your responses./Marten
Can you give me the links for Ted Nyberg's posts on MSS
Not able to find them
This is old, but I wrote it to integrate a site with a Google Mini. It might help.