RapidSearch

It depends. If the Google search engine can index these files, then RapidSearch will include them in search results. RapidSearch, by default, can search for website pages, blog entries, images, and news articles.

No. RapidSearch only sees what the Google search engine can index. If pages are inaccessible to the Google search engine, they are inaccessible to RapidSearch.

No. You do not need a Google account to use RapidSearch.

A single RapidSearch serial number will work on three (3) computers.

If you install RapidSearch on four (4) or more computers, you will need to purchase a new license for every additional three (3) computers that you use.

For example, if you have five (5) computers, you need two (2) licenses; the first license will work on the first, second, and third computer, and the second license will work on the fourth and fifth computer.

First, ensure you spelled the URL correctly when you added the website to the RapidSearch page (in RapidWeaver® Edit Mode).

If RapidSearch still does not return results, change the prefix of the appropriate URL to http:// or http://www; sometimes Google will index a website with the leading www and sometimes without the leading www.

If RapidSearch still does not return results, your website may not be indexed by the Google search engine. You can submit your website to the Google search engine at http://www.google.com/addurl/.

Make sure you entered your serial number into the activation text field correctly before you activate RapidSearch.

Please Note: If there is an extra space at the end of your serial number when trying to activate RapidSearch, the serial number will not validate. Make sure to remove any excess spaces at the end of the serial number when pasting it into the Page Inspector.

Also ensure you are not behind a firewall that prevents outgoing HTTP requests. If RapidSearch still will not activate, contact us for further assistance.

RapidSearch only sees the pages that have been indexed by the Google search engine. Some pages on your website may not be indexed by Google. If you recently added a new page, it may take several days for Google to index the new page. I encourage you to read our SEO Guide to learn how to optimize your website for the Google search engine.

With the release of v5.0 RapidSearch now uses the newer "Custom Search Engine" API from Google. This new API is quite different from the old one, and requires many changes to how you may be used to using RapidSearch.

Ads in Search Results

When using the "free" custom search version of Google's API (which RapidSearch uses by default) there will now be ads shown among your search results. These ads are shown by Google and cannot be removed.

If you don't want ads displayed among your search results, Google has a "Custom Site Search" (referred to as CSS) service which, as of December 2013, costs $100 USD. This is in addition to the cost of RapidSearch itself. If you decide to purchase this service, you will not be able to use RapidSearch to configure your search engine and create the search box for your RapidWeaver site. This is due to restrictions in Google's CSS service.

Custom Search Engine ID

Google now requires that you create a "Custom Search Engine" (referred to as CSE) when adding Google search to your site. This can only be done on the Google website, and RapidSeach now includes a button to the Google site where you can create your CSE.

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Once you have created your CSE, click on the Search Engine ID button in the Google interface (see screenshot below), then copy and paste it into RapidSearch.

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At that point, you can add the sites that you want to be searched, and publish your website.

Please Note: Due to changes in Google's API the search box will not work in RapidWeaver's Preview mode until you have first published your site.

Also, if you make changes to the list of sites to be searched in RapidSearch, and publish your changes, it may take some time before those changes are actually reflected on your website. This is because Google caches the configuration file that RapidSearch creates for you, and only refreshes it periodically.