December 2nd, 2002

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Product Report: SiteFerret

This is an off-site copy of the corresponding Product report page on the SearchTools.com website, and it is designed to allow you to comment on the product and/or the reporting. For more information about the topic of search and tools visit SearchTools.com where you can browse many articles, in-depth analysis and overviews of external resources.

SiteFerret

Product Information: Lite version or Pro version

Platform: Windows Servers
Price: Lite, up to 300 documents, $31.50 (£21), Pro, several thousand documents: $249.50 (£170), Enterprise: $499.

Features

  • Lite version does "real-time" search on local files, Pro uses MS Access to store the index, and Enterprise version uses SQL 2000.
  • Can run on shared servers, such as web server.
  • Browser administration and configuration
  • Specify directory and file type inclusion and exclusion
  • Define search zones
  • Query interface includes options for All Words, Any Words, Phrase and menu of site zones
  • Supports regular expressions in queries
  • Relevance ranking using term frequency.
  • Can display meta description or match words in context of page.
  • Search report list in order of popularity
  • Results page configuration using the browser admin control panel include colors, fonts, layout, tables and style sheets.

Examples

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Remote Search Services Report: siteLevel (whatUseek)

This is an off-site copy of the corresponding Product report page on the SearchTools.com website, and it is designed to allow you to comment on the product and/or the reporting. For more information about the topic of search and tools visit SearchTools.com where you can browse many articles, in-depth analysis and overviews of external resources.

siteLevel (whatUseek)

siteLevel (a service of whatUseek) will crawl your site and store your info in a remote database. When someone enters a query in the search form on your site, the search application on the intraSearch server receives the query, formats the results, and sends them back in an HTML form with links directly to the pages on your site.

Formerly known as intraSearch, also available as BeSeen from LookSmart

Service Information

Platforms: all Internet-accessible web servers
Price

  • free (results will display advertising), normally up to 1,000 pages
  • up to 250 pages: $4.99 per month, $50.90 per year (no advertising)
  • up to 500 page: $9.99 per month, $101.90 per year
  • up to 1,000 pages: $19.99 per month, $203.90 per year
  • up to 2,500 pages: $39.00 per month, $407.90 per year

Special Features

  • Extensive search results customization using either simple templates or a scripting language
  • Results ranking weight options
  • Synonym listings
  • Indexing password-protected pages
  • Search reports and statistics.

Reviews and Articles

SearchTools Review of Remote Search Services September 27, 1999 (updated November 6, 1999) by Avi Rappoport
Thorough discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of using remote search services, how well their indexing robots handle standards and links, search and relevance ranking features, search features, results customization, maintenance and reporting.

Examples

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Remote Search Services Report: SiteMiner

This is an off-site copy of the corresponding Product report page on the SearchTools.com website, and it is designed to allow you to comment on the product and/or the reporting. For more information about the topic of search and tools visit SearchTools.com where you can browse many articles, in-depth analysis and overviews of external resources.

SiteMiner

SiteMiner, a service of MyComputer.com will crawl your site and store your info in a remote database. When someone enters a query in the search form on your site, the SiteMiner server application receives the query, formats the results, and sends them back in an HTML form with links directly to the pages on your site.

Service Information

Platforms: all Internet-accessible web servers
Price: $19.95 per month or $199 per year for up to 1,500 pages.

Features

  • Easy to set up
  • Can re-index at any time, no scheduling limits
  • Instant search reports

Examples

 
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Product Report: Site Search 2

This is an off-site copy of the corresponding Product report page on the SearchTools.com website, and it is designed to allow you to comment on the product and/or the reporting. For more information about the topic of search and tools visit SearchTools.com where you can browse many articles, in-depth analysis and overviews of external resources.

site Search 2

Product Information

Warning: this product is no longer being maintained or updated

Platform: Perl CGI
Price: Shareware: "nominal"

Example

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