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Frequently Asked Question #103
Can I create a single search box, that, depending on which menu option is selected, will provide search results from non-FusionBot related database resources / indexes?
Using the FusionBot search partitions feature, you can build a search box that will return results from a variety of third-party databases and/or indexes, as long as these resources accept queries to their engine using the HTTP GET Method.

It is important to note that when building a single search box that will return results from a variety of external resources, that when the search results page is generated, these results will no longer appear using the customization settings in your account, since FusionBot is simply redirecting your visitor's query to the alternate resource you have specified. However, using this feature is a quick and effective way to "integrate" results from a variety of resources via a single search box.

To use this feature, obtain the exact URL passed to the resource you wish to provide results from, and determine which querystring variable represents the keywords passed to the engine. Then, set the keywords variable in the querystring for your engine of choice equal to the FusionBot reserved variable FB_REDIRECT_KEYS.

By way of example, if you wish to provide a search box menu option that will redirect your visitors to search results from the Google search engine, your FusionBot search partitions entry may look something like the following:

"The Web"

Since, with the Google search engine, the keywords searched are represented by the "q=" querystring variable.

When present in your search regions form, the FusionBot reserved value FB_REDIRECT_KEYS will be dynamically replaced with the actual keywords your visitor has submitted to FusionBot, and their search will then be redirected to the URL specified.

A complete search box customized to search just your site, or the entire web, using Google, would look something like:

"This Site" FB_THIS_SITE
"The Web"

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