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By Charity Beck, CWIS Developer, UNT Central Web Support
In the continuing effort to improve the University of North Texas computing experience, the UNT search engine will officially be powered by Google starting at the end of July. The new search engine, Google, may be used now, but the old search engine, HTDIG, will be gone by the end of July. The main UNT site (http://www.unt.edu) and UNT Search page (http://www.unt.edu/search) are currently using the Google search engine.
If you have a search field located on your site you need to change the form action attribute as well as the form field.
An example of the OLD way to code your search field:
<form method="get" action="http://pan.acs.unt.edu/cgi-bin/htdig.pl"
The NEW way to code your search field:
<form method=GET action=http://www.google.com/u/unorthtexas>
In an effort to maintain the integrity of Google's search results,
Google takes a proprietary approach to indexing it's sites. Page
So you might ask, "How do I improve my site's rank within the search results?". Good question! After reading several articles, tutorials, and technical documents I gathered some helpful (not foolproof) tips.
Since Google uses "PageRank" to index sites you might say to yourself "Well, I guess I don't need those META tags that the UNT Web Publishing Guidelines talk about". This would NOT be the case. The State of Texas requires all state agencies to adhere to the state's search engine, TRAIL (Texas Records and Information Locator, http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/trail), policies. So you still have to include your 'Title', 'Author', 'Keywords', and 'Description' META tags!