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IE7 Search Provider

While reading a few blogs this morning I came across an OpenSearch handler for Community Server by Robert McLaws.  OpenSearch is an API which was developed by A9 and Amazon and which was subsequently adopted by Microsoft for the new IE7 Search toolbar.  The API is fairly simple but allows you to integrate your favorite search engines into the IE7 toolbar with very little effort.

I thought that this would be a nice enhancement to add to DotNetNuke.  After a little more research I stumbled across a site by Eric Lawrence that will allow you to add any website search to your search provider list.

Adding a Search Provider

It is very easy to use this to add to my search bar.  To make this easier, just enter the following URL in Step 3:;NB:1&ie=UTF-8&q=TEST.  Use whatever name you wish in Step 4 (I chose DotNetNuke).  Finally, just press the "Install" button.

Now whenever I want to search for something on, I have a shortcut in my browser toolbar that will run the query against the DotNetNuke website.

DotNetNuke Search Results

Just like the Google or Windows Live toolbars, I will be taken to the DotNetNuke site and shown my search results.  Later, in another blog, I'll convert the HTTPHandler so that you can use it on any DotNetNuke site to allow your users to easily add your site to their search provider list.


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