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Implementing Google Custom Search as a WordPress page without using any plugin

Creating a search engine to search content across a polyglot website is not an easy task. In order to do that, you need to either:

  • take a search query and match it across data repositories from different application processes, or
  • have a process that will maintain an index of content from the different applications and search within that content.

Since Google had indexed most of the content in the Internet, Google Custom Search can be the easiest way for us to implement site-wide search. In addition to fast searching, Google Custom Search also comes with AdSense monetization.

In case you need it, this is how you can implement Google Custom Search as a WordPress page without using any plugin.

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How to create a custom page template in WordPress

We use pages in WordPress to hold content of our website that are not specifically time-dependent.

Examples of such content at Techcoil include the about page, disclaimer page and Raspbian Stretch Lite project ideas.

When you want to show content in different page layouts, you can create different customized page templates to show content in different ways.

In case you need a reference, this post describes how to create a custom page template in WordPress.

How to make a HTML search box with the input text field and search button within the same enclosing box

Since Google had indexed most of the content from my website, Google Custom Search is the easiest way for me to implement site-wide search. In addition to fast searching, Google Custom Search also comes with AdSense monetization.

Given these points and some time on hand, I had recently implemented site-wide search with Google Custom Search.

In addition to building the search page to display the search result, there is a need for a HTML search box beside the top navigation links:

Techcoil search box as at 20180616

Since I had spent quite a bit of time on building the search box, I decided to document the steps in this post for future references.

With this intention, this is how to make a HTML search box with the input text field and search button within the same enclosing box.

How to host your own file sharing website on Raspberry Pi 3 with Raspbian Stretch Lite, Nginx, ProjectSend, MariaDB and PHP

While experiencing Northern Lights in Finland, you may capture some Northern Lights pictures with your DSLR. In case you want to share them with friends through your own file sharing website, have a look at ProjectSend.

Since a Raspberry Pi 3 is energy efficient and affordable, you may want to setup ProjectSend on a Raspberry Pi 3. With this in mind, this post discusses how to do so with Raspbian Stretch Lite, Nginx, MariaDB and PHP as the LEMP stack.

Setting up your own Raspberry Pi 3 git server with Go Git Service (Gogs) and Raspbian Stretch Lite

When Microsoft bought Github, some developers who had trusted GitHub with their code, are considering ditching it. In case you have the same thought, you may want to consider hosting your own Git server. After all, that is the best approach to ensure that your code repository stays under your control.

In view of hosting your own code repository, you may want to setup a Raspberry Pi 3 Git server. Together with Go Git Service and Raspbian Stretch Lite, you can get a Git server with decent performance.

Given these points, this post discusses how you can setup your own Git server on a Raspberry Pi 3 with Go Git Service (Gogs) and Raspbian Stretch Lite.

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