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How to customize search results page with a template file?


If you are an experienced Web designer and want to control the look of your search results in greater detail, you can use a template file to fully control over look-and feel of your results page.

What is a template file?

A template file is simply an HTML file with special tags. These special tags will tell Search Engine Composer where to insert the page contents. This makes it possible for you to create a completely customized look-and-feel.

How does it works?

Using templates is straightforward.

1. Create a template file that will be just an HTML file with special tags.

2. In the program, click on the "Options" button, in the "Options" window, "Search Results Page" panel, "New" a template, and select the template file you created.

3. Select the template from the list box.

Now, when you click on the "Build" button, Search Engine Composer will generate search engine files that use the design instructions contained in your template.

Creating a template file.

There are three kinds of tags for the template.

::RESULT::

This is the location on the page where the search engine will insert the search results text before showing it to your visitors.

::SEARCHBOX::

This is the location on the page where the search engine will insert a search box.

::CHARSET::

This is an instruction to the search engine to replace the HTML encoding charset with your chosen charset.

An example

The following HTML code is a simple template. It creates a page with the headline "Search Engine Composer Example", and the search results page will contain a search query box.

<html>

<head>
<title>Search Engine Composer Example</title>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=::CHARSET::">
</head>

<body bgcolor="#777777">

<center>
<H2>Search Results</H2>

<table width=500>
<tr>
<td width="100%">
::SEARCHBOX::
</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td width="100%">
::RESULT::</td>
</tr>
</table>

</center>

</body>
</html>

 

 

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