Using Master.com Search

The Master.com search engine is somewhat flexible, but just as with Atomz search, setting it up involves a few steps. Note that Master.com will only index up to 5000 pages for free, and any pages beyond that will not get indexed. Master.com also limits you to 30 million bytes in the index, which should only be a problem if you have many large files.

Set Up a Master.com Account

The first step is to make sure you have an account. When you go to the Master.com site, click on the "Create Account" link, which will give you a form which asks for your email address, initial password, and which URL you wish to index. Warning: The password you enter in this form will also appear in the confirmation email you receive from master.com, so you'll want to use a dummy initial password at this point. You will receive email from Master.com which contains a verification code. Enter the code into the form, and click on the "Go" button.

Set Account Options

You will be presented with a form which lets you set different options. Since you'll be setting up a service to index your site, you should change the "Default Service" to "Search Your Site", uncheck the "Search The Web" option, and check the "Search Your Site" option. Click on "Update" to make the changes.

You should also verify the "Search Your Site" options by clicking on "Search Your Site" in the "Configuration" box. One thing you should set is whether you want the results to be sorted by relevance or date. Click on the "Update" button to save any changes you have made.

Lastly, you should change your initial password by clicking on the "User Profile" link in the "Member Services" box on the left.

Check Indexing Progress and Results

By this time, you probably have a second email message from master.com with the results of indexing your site. This report is available by clicking on the "Search Your Site" link under the "Reports" category in the left column.

After you've changed your account password, you can check on the progress of the initial indexing. In the left column, click on "Index" and then "Full Index." If the indexing is still running, you'll see the current status. After the indexing has completed, you'll see how many pages were indexed and how long it took, as well as if there were any errors. You'll want to glance through the errors to see if there are any which need fixing.

Master.com indexes your site weekly.

Modify Results Template

Probably the most straightforward way to set a results template for master.com is to use a "Look & Feel URL." Somewhere on your site, you need to create a blank page with the text "Master.com.content" where you wish the master.com content to be. For example, the webinfo Look & Feel URL (the file is named master-template.html) contains:

<!--chtml include "//webinfo/incs/header.inc"-->
<html>
<head>
<title>Webinfo Search Results</title>

<link rel="stylesheet" href="/webinfo/webinfo.css" type="text/css">
</head>

<body>
<h1>Webinfo Search Results</h1>
<!--chtml include "//webinfo/incs/navbar.inc"-->

Master.com.content

<!--chtml include "//webinfo/incs/footer.inc"-->
</body>
</html>

be sure you push this page into production so master.com can see it. Next, click on "Look & Feel HTML" under "Configuration" in the left column. Select the "Use Look & Feel URL" radio button and be sure to change the URL text field to match the URL of the template. Click on "Update" to save the change.

Note that unlike the Atomz template, you must not put a <base> tag in your template. Master.com will automatically change all links to point to your site on www.washington.edu.

Put Search Form on Your Page

Now that you have your pages indexed and your results template published, you can put the search form on your page. Master.com supplies text for a simple search form which you can view by clicking on "Sample Forms and HTML" on the left navigation bar in the "Configuration" box. As an example, a simple webinfo search form would look like:

And the source HTML looks like:

<form method="get" action="http://webinfo.washington.edu.master.com/texis/master/search/">
<input name="q" value="" /><input type="submit" value="Search" />
<input type="hidden" name="s" value="SS" />
</form>

Search Reports

You can view the search reports by clicking on the "Overall Site" link under "Reports" in the left column.