|Google Search Appliance discontinued|
Google has discontinued their enterprise Google Search Appliance (GSA) product and will not be renewing MIT’s license for our on-campus appliance. As of the end of June 2018, the Google Search Appliance will no longer be available to MIT web site owners for custom search. In its place, we recommend web site owners use the MIT Search Box (search.mit.edu) for basic MIT-branded search, or a Google Custom Search Engine (CSE) if a more integrated experience is needed.
There are three MIT-specific ways to add search functionality to your MIT website. They are:
- Add the MIT Search Box to your site; results will be displayed on an MIT-branded page hosted on search.mit.edu and can include results from all mit.edu web sites, or just the one you specify.
- Use the MIT Google Custom Search Engine (CSE) to embed search on your site, with a centrally administered Google CSE, to get embedded search boxes and search results on your web site using Google's CSE tags, and style those results to match your brand.
- Set up your own Google Custom Search Engine (CSE) and embed it on your web site; you can style the results to match your site's brand, administer and customize your own search collection and features.
|search.mit.edu||MIT Google CSE||Your own Google CSE|
|Limit search to my site|
|MIT specific results branding|
|No administration required|
|Custom theme/style for the results page|
|Administer own search synonyms and collections|
|Connect search to your Google Analytics|
This is the simplest of the three options. You will need to add a basic web form to produce the search box on your web site, but searching and displaying of search results will be handled by the MIT Search Box script running on search.mit.edu. Search results will be MIT-branded, but cannot be customized to your department or team brand. You will be able to limit results to a single web site or web folder, or you can search across all MIT web properties.
You can create and administer your own Google Custom Search Engine. This will give you a lot of control over which sites to index, allow you to create your own collections, customize your search results, and add category and other filters. You will be responsible for administering and maintaining your CSE. CSEs used for academic and research sites can be included under MIT's education/non-profit status to turn off advertising.
If you use Drupal as your content management system, and you decide you'd like to use a Google CSE for searching (or are currently using the MIT GSA Module) there is a CSE module that you can activate to enable CSE search. If you use DrupalCloud, the CSE module will automatically be deployed for you on June 21st, and all you need to do is activate it. Here are two articles specific to Drupal and DrupalCloud that explain how to enable the CSE search module: